Atlanta is already home to the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and currently houses several civil rights monuments and museums. Today, the city added another “must see” destination for visitors and those who are from here. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened to the public today at Centennial Olympic Park.

The center designed by Phil Freelon features three levels of exhibits that include everything from some of the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to a replica of a Freedom Rider bus.

The center is designed to be interactive and was the brainchild of  two well known civil rights leaders.  “Well this really came from the mind of Evelyn Lowery 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.

The center is designed to not only illustrate the civil rights struggle of African Americans but also ties the civil rights movement to the fight for human rights around the world.

Noted dignitaries on hand for the grand opening today included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and family members of some of the activists who gave their lives for equal rights.

The NCCHR will be open seven days a week from 10 AM until 5 PM. Admission price is $15 for adults, children 2 and under are free. There are discounts for seniors, educators, students and members of the military.

When you visit allow for at least 90 minutes or more to take in the full experience.   In the meantime check out some of the pictures of the NCCHR and the grand opening program.

Check out the Gallery from the opening and a peak inside of the center.


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