The Civil Rights Institute in Savannah is one of the oldest museums to chronicle the Civil Rights movement.

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Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum


This small museum provides a local introduction to the Civil Rights movement as it played out in Savannah – the supposedly genteel city had some fairly savage reactions against the campaign for equal rights. The museum occupies the former Wage Earners Savings & Loan Bank, once the largest bank for local African Americans.