Photo Essay: Civil Rights Museum | 9.23.14

Photo Essay by James Crissman, Associate Editor
Photo Essay by James Crissman, Associate Editor

Atlanta takes pride in being a center for civil rights throughout American history, and this past summer, the city has adopted a new Center for Civil and Human Rights museum into the collection of parks, statues and memorials dedicated to the remembrance of the civil rights movement.

Designed by Phil Freelon, the museum incorporates art, media, and architecture to convey not only the history of the movement, but also the civil and human rights issues that continue to persist globally today.

Striking panoramic videos are projected across entire walls encapsulate the power of the March on Washington. An interactive exhibit helps visitors understand what it felt like at a sit in. After witnessing a moving representation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and funeral, the visitor ascends into the present and future of civil rights. The museum tour ends with a large room devoted to current day civil rights movements and how one can participate.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights museum provides a glimpse into the past and future of the struggle for human and civil liberties. Students, locals and tourists alike should take advantage of the newest addition to Atlanta’s civil rights history.