The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the museum opened to the public on June 23, 2014.
The ribbon cutting for the 43,000-square-foot facility was attended by icons of the civil rights movement, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an original Freedom Rider. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mayor Kasim Reed and former mayor Shirley Franklin also spoke at the grand opening event.
“The Center on Civil and Human Rights’ opening is a victory for the city, celebrating its rich history and the connection to today’s challenge —it is a remarkable project that has been in the making for the last decade,” said Dale Royal, NMTC Coalition Board Member and Senior Project Manager, Redevelopment & President, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. “The center will be a destination, attracting people from across the United states, and around the world, and the New Markets Tax Credit financing was a critical piece in making it happen.”