Civil Rights Museum announces Grand Opening of New Annex

Multiple Events Planned for October 18 - 23


The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, located in Savannah at 460 MLK Jr., Blvd announced Grand Opening Plans for it’s new Annex just east of the historic museum first constructed in 1914 as the Wage Earners Bank Building. The new Annex main entrance is on Alice Street between MLK Jr. Blvd and Montgomery Streets. Schedule of events include: • Saturday, October 18 & Sunday October 19, 2008 Prayer Service in multiple religious institutions across the county. All houses of worship are asked to offer prayers for the new annex and museum. • Monday, October 20, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM "FOUNDERS BANQUET" wherein the museum will pay tribute to its Founding Charter Members and its newest Life Members. Tickets are available at the Museum and at Lester’s Florist on Bull Street. • Tuesday, October 21, 2008 6:00 to 7:30 PM Book Talk "Blood Kin A – Savannah Story" with Savannah author Robert Mickles to discuss his popular book about a friendship in the Sandfly community that crossed racial lines during the Civil War. This free public event is targeted for the general community and youth. • Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Film "The Intolerable Burden" with producer Constance Curry of Atlanta. Set in rural Mississippi this movie tells the story of a determined share cropper to provide the best education possible for her eight children. Museum founder W. W. Law makes a passionate appearance in this documentary film. This event is free to the general public and is suitable for all audiences interested in the subject.

Civil Rights Museum Honors it Founding Charter Members

As part of the New Annex Grand Opening Events, The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum calls all its Founding Charter Members to assemble and receive special recognition during the FOUNDERS BANQUET on Monday, October 20, 2008 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Over the past fourteen years a number of its Founding Charter Members have gone on to greater rewards and some have relocated out of the city, but the organization wants all remaining Founders to attend this the first public event to be held at the new annex just east of the museum on Alice Street. There will be special recognition of the class of 2008 new Life Members as well. The banquet will be catered by Mrs. Gladis Walker well known for her mastery of the culinary arts. Tickets ($45) are available at the museum and Lester’s Florist on Bull at 37th streets.

Memberships are the life line of the museum and everyone in the community is invited to join. Individual memberships start at $15 for students, adult memberships $50, and family memberships (4 persons) are $65. A number of other membership types are also available. For your new membership or to renew please stop by the museum Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

New Annex for Rent after November 10, 2008

The new annex at The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum located 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. will be a wonderful addition along the old "West Broad Street Corridor." The annex with its entranced on Alice Street is ideally suited for business meetings, video conferencing, community organizations and practically all group functions. With a capacity of 380 in a classroom setting the annex is one of the largest such properties in the downtown area. Its banquet seating of approximately 320 makes it ideal for most catered events.

The museum begins scheduling annex bookings on November 10, 2008 for events beginning after that date. To make arrangements to host your group function at the new annex, please call the museum 231-8900 after November 10. We look forward to seeing your group at this wonderful location.

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