(Memphis) The National Civil Rights Museum is reopening its doors on April 5th.
The multimillion dollar renovation will give the old Lorraine Motel building a new look and feel.
“It’s very different from what it used to be,” Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, said.
The upgrade is filled with exhibits that bring you face to face with the past.
“Normally, you would walk through a museum and see a book on the wall,” Robertson said. “You walk through this museum and you are immersed in the experience.”
For instance, one young boy took an uncomfortable seat, feeling the inhumanity of a slave ship. He heard the sounds of whips cracking and chains rattling.
People will also experience walking through the courtroom of Brown vs The Board of Education.
The next stop is the bus stop to take a seat in front with Rosa Parks.
Crews worked at the freedom exhibit where patrons will see the flames reignited again.
From the sit-in counters to behind bars, you can now hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s voice.
“Many of them have broken down in tears,” Robertson explained. “They have been so moved by the power of place that they could not contain themselves.”
Around nearly every corner of the museum, you’ll also find touch screens.
The museum hopes the interactive models will help draw young people to learn more about their history.
“You have the power to truly make a difference, and this museum is the manifestation of the power of the individual to drive change,” Robertson explained.
The museum is having a two-day reopening on April 4th and 5th.
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