Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Savannah

(4.4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum commemorates Civil Rights activities in Savannah led by local leaders such as Dr. Ralph M. Gilbert, Wesley W. Law, Hosea Williams, Mayor Malcolm MacLean and countless others including hundreds of school children, within the context of local African-American history from slavery to the present day.

The museum encompasses three floors of photographic and interactive exhibits, including an NAACP Organization exhibit, a fiber optic map of 87 significant civil rights sites and events, a lunch counter where sit ins occurred, and segregation exhibits.
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  • Our guide from the Freedom Trail Tour told some great stories and history of the civil rights movement in Savannah. There was an interesting video and images of the unique movement in Savannah.  more »
  • Jessie greeted us and provided a thorough background before we explored the museum. My 13 YO son and history buff was very pleased with our experience. When we left, Jessie even wanted to give us hugs...  more »
  • Very nice place to visit. Some interesting facts that are displayed inside the building. Looks like a great place to have a reception.  more »
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  • A lot of history and information. The staff was very knowledgeable and hands on. Very enlightening, a must see!
  • A must see in Savannah. Worth the time, watch the video upstairs!
  • Nothing too exciting. Information is interesting but the substance is pretty limited. The museum is small, and the bulk of the information is in two rooms.
  • Worst experience I have ever had! When we arrived there was a sign on the door that said be back at one... We arrived at 1:15 pm. Luckily the coordinator of our church group was inside and opened the doors because it was 95 degrees in the shade. As we stood in the lobby waiting for the tour director to return (around 10min later) a guy comes in the door and began yelling "whoever let these people in you paying for everybody" Yall shouldn't be in this building, who let yall in, I would never walk into a building with a sign that says be back" All of us were in total shock.. The guy turns around and lo and behold his name tag said Troy Lance tour director...ugh! Our group coordinator and mother of our church explained that there were people coming out of the museum that held the door open for her. so when our church group (who by the way came to tour the museum with our children to teach them about Jim crow laws and their abolishment ) came the door was open. He then turned to her and began yelling at her.. well at that time others in our group tried to calm him down and asked him to be respectful.. He didn't he continued to rant and rave waving his Mc donalds bag in the air yelling about how we didn't know anything and shouldn't have come in and she was going to pay for anyone in the bulding.. I was totally appalled. I then approached him at his desk and explained that she was the mother of our church, I told him we were on a field trip with our youth and explained the purpose.. He told me he didn't care nobody was going to disobey his sign and we shouldn't have come in building. At this point I was frustrated and told him okay. I would just be at the next board meeting to discuss it with rational people. He looked me in my face and told me I don't care if you call the mayor of Savannah, you can call President Obama.. He wasn't gonna stop yelling and they weren't gonna do anything about it. We had a group discussion with our children and told them no matter what color a person is if they are disrespectful you don't have to spend your dollars there. We then told them this portion of the field trip was cancelled. Four other patrons left with us. The funny thing is previous to coming to the museum.. We treated our children to a "lunch counter" experience at the Abercorn Diner. The Mayor Edna Jackson came out to speak to our children about racism and being treated unfairly, as well as the Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson. The Diners owner interrupted her business to allow our children this experience.... It's shameful when your own people treat you like trash and others treat you like gold. I would never take anyone to this establishment and I am appalled that someone of his caliber is left to run the
  • We got virtually a personal guide for this. Fascinating museum and quite amazing the way prejudice manifested itself in only the recent past. Well worth a visit