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Civil rights museum celebrating anniversary with free day

September 21, 2021 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with free admission for visitors on Saturday.

Founded in 1991, the Memphis-based museum chronicles the history of civil rights in America, from slavery to present day. It is located on the grounds of the former Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on a balcony near his room on April 4, 1968.

As part of its anniversary, the museum is highlighting its beginnings and development with a new exhibit opening Saturday.

The exhibit will include memorabilia, uniforms, photos, and documents “to illustrate how everyday people continue to shape not only the museum, but our history,” the museum said in a news release Friday.

The museum said the free tickets should be reserved on its website, with a maximum of four people per reservation. Walk-ups are subject to time slot availability.