Of hopes and dreams, of challenge and change. It is an American story. This story and struggle that started many centuries ago, continues today—with you.

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Slavery. Separate but equal. Boycotts. Assassinations. Black power. This is the history of the uprising that pushed national and international civil rights forward.

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Exciting events, extraordinary speakers and special guests turn civil rights history into a one-of-a-kind museum experience.
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The Museum is closed today, March 5, due to wintery weather & hazardous road conditions. Weather permitting, we will reopen March 6.

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National Civil Rights Museum

450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699

Hours and admission

Monday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Adult $15.00
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 4–17 years $12.00
3 and under Free
Members Free

POSTPONED–Gallery Talk: Portrait of My Father

Rosalind Withers speaks on the prolific work of her father, photographer Ernest C. Withers, whose work is on display in Pictures Tell the Story. Learn more.

Children of Selma: Unsung Soldiers of the Selma March

Three women directly tied to the Selma March 50 years ago tell their stories presented in our Book & Author Series.  Learn more.

 Upcoming Events

The Museum presents dynamic and engaging programs that educate, inspire, and motivate!

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Pictures Tell The Story

Special exhibit

The late Ernest C. Withers is most often referred to as a civil rights photographer but he captured much more than seminal events of the movement. The Pictures Tell The Story exhibition of selected images capture scenes of Memphis’ African American community spanning the decades of the 1940-1970s.  Included are images of sports and entertainment icons, sporting events and night life on Beale Street, social occasions, religious ceremony, business opportunities and civil rights.

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“There lived … a people who had the moral courage to stand up for their rights and thereby they injected a new meaning into the veins of history and of civilization.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Members are vital to the museum’s long-term viability and mission. Museum members receive the following yearly benefits:

  • unlimited admission for one year
  • 10% discount on museum shop purchases in store and online
  • member-exclusive exhibit preview invitations
  • free admission to special after-hours educational programs
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National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Reclaiming Malcolm X

It is arguable that Malcolm X is one of the most misunderstood figures in American History. What is clear is that he wanted simply what the American Dream stands for: Freedom, Justice, and Equality. His legacy of “By Any Means Necessary” continues to live on.

Who Mourns for Jimmie Lee Jackson?

Had it not been for the murder of Jimmie Lee, it is probable that “Bloody Sunday” would not have occurred. As the murders of James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo, both white and from the North, followed in the weeks before and after the Selma to Montgomery marches, the death of Jackson goes unremembered.

If we forget history it will repeat itself…

Civil rights and social change did not happen overnight. There were hundreds of people organizing through meetings, planning, strategizing, campaigning, direct action and civil disobedience.


The Museum’s Gallery Talk event tonight is postponed due to inclement weather. “Gallery Talk: Portrait of My Father” with Rosalind Withers will be rescheduled; date to be determined. Visit for updates.

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