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Louisiana to open Civil Rights Museum in New Orleans

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  •   09-26-2023  8:41 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Louisiana to open Civil Rights Museum in New Orleans
(Louisiana Lieutenant Governor's Office)
Pax Global Media

Louisiana's Civil Rights Museum will open its doors to the public in New Orleans on Oct. 8.

More than 30 years in the making, the museum will honour Louisiana’s unique place in the national Civil Rights movement as well as its heroes, demonstrating their impact and significance today.

“Much of what happened during the Civil Rights movement started right here in Louisiana,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

“The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is part of our continued effort to educate visitors about the real-life activists who strategized, organized, preached, marched, stood up, sat down and sang for change, all in one place. The museum serves as a way to learn about the past.”

The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is part of the ongoing Civil Rights Trail efforts led by the lieutenant governor.

Inspired to create the trail after seeing a presentation about a similar project at a tourism conference in Arizona, Nungesser said, “It was concerning to find out that while many states had their own trails, monuments and memorials dedicated to the movement, Louisiana did not.”

Since spring 2021, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, under the direction of the Nungesser, has unveiled 13 markers around the state on the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail, with more planned.

The design concept for the museum was inspired by the trail throughout the state.

“The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum must be Louisiana’s premier center for civil rights and social justice — a living, cultural institution with a mission to use the Louisiana experience to educate, heal, celebrate and engage for social justice,” said Civil Rights Museum Advisory Board President Brenda Brent Williams.

In addition to the museum and trail, an educational program that tells the stories of heroes and activists is being produced that can be downloaded in schools, churches and homes.

The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum will officially open with a ribbon cutting and private event on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center before opening to the public the next day.

Visitors can explore the museum free of charge during its opening week: on Oct. 8, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 9-15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum, click here.


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