The National Civil Rights Museum is focused on revamping the Lorraine Motel exhibitions in anticipation of a partial opening during the period from Nov. 2012 to Dec. 2013.
And with the expectations of including more stories, updating historical facts, and creating more engaging and interactive experience, a push is on to acquire some key objects , said Barbara Andrews, director of Education and Interpretation.
Specifically, a search is underway for:
• WWII related items – any branch of service, male or female; graduation robes or associated items such as mortar board or diplomas especially from HBCU's;
• Afro-centric items from the black power/nationalist period of the 1960's, including but not limited to dashikis, afro picks, music albums, neck bracelets and chains, artwork and posters;
• Kwanzaa related items – preferably older and not the new and more polished looking kinara and cups;
• Anything representative of Black Mondays or elementary school memorabilia from Memphis students c. 1950s, ie. report cards, notes, pictures, yearbooks, certificates, books;
• NAACP memorabilia, including lifetime and annual membership cards, c. 1940-60s.
The National Civil Rights Museum is located at 450 Mulberry. For more information, call 901-521-9699