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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: Memphis Edition

Posted: 02/21/2012 12:26 pm

Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in Memphis.

You can plan a trip with your family to these places with the helpful map, courtesy of MapQuest, below!

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.

National Civil Rights Museum
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Located at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in historic downtown Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum showcases the history and impact of the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000. The museum's collection, housed in the renovated Lorraine Motel, includes a visual timeline of the civil rights movement, a re-creation of the room where King stayed in April 1968, a tribute to Mohandas Gandhi and his nonviolent protest methods and a life-sized bus with a statue of Rosa Parks bravely sitting at the front. Guided tours of the museum are available for groups of at least 20 people. The museum maintains a gift shop, bookstore and cafe where visitors can sit down for a meal or purchase books and commemorative souvenirs. In honor of 2012's Black History Month theme "Black Women in American History and Culture," the museum will host a special "Lunch & Learn" lecture on the role of women during the civil rights movement. The temporary exhibit "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" will run throughout the month of February to showcase the connection between visual imagery and racial struggles.

--Lydia Schrandt

Address: 450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: 901-521-9699
Hours Of Operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $13 for adults; $11 for seniors and students; $9.50 for children 4 to 17 years old; children 3 and younger and museum members admitted free.
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