ATLANTA (WAOK)- The Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights is preparing for its official opening this weekend.  The Center for Civil and Human Rights is the new home to various authentic documents and exclusive artifacts from several prominent people including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is located next to the World of Coca Cola at the south end of Centennial Olympic Park.  Members of the press were invited to preview the center and view the exhibits before it’s grand opening on Monday, June 23.

The museum designed by architect Phil Freelon has three levels. The ground level begins with an exhibit containing artifacts from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Collection. This exhibit contains not only select papers of Dr. King but other items including some that were in Dr. King’s possession when he was assassinated.

The second level begins the walk through the civil rights movement featuring several interactive exhibits. One of the most interesting areas includes a replica of a lunch counter with headphones which allow the visitor to experience what civil rights protesters dealt with when trying to integrate restaurants.

The third level displays more interactive exhibits which focus on human rights challenges currently underway around the world as well as a global view of the state of human rights.

“Well this really came from the mind of Evelyn Lowry and Andrew Young and other civil rights icons who then came to Shirley Franklin back in 05,” said Doug Shipman, National Center for Civil Rights Inc. CEO.

“We’ve been trying to tell the civil rights story in a way so that it connects with all the issues around the world,” said Shipman.

Opening ceremonies are opened to the public and will get underway 10 AM on Monday, June 23.



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