For all of you history buffs out there, start planning your trip to one of the best museums in the city of Savannah. Guests to this amazing museum will have an experience like no other. The Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum illustrates the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from slavery to the present. We here at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn want you to get the most out of your time spent in Savannah. Here are a few things to know about the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.
About the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
An Engaging History Lesson
Named in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, the father of Savannah’s modern day Civil Rights Movement and leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum holds interesting facts about the civil rights struggle of Georgia. Dr. Gilbert served as pastor of historic First African Baptist Church on Franklin Square in Savannah for 16 years. Later, in 1942, he reorganized the Savannah Branch NAACP, served as president for eight years and convened its first state conference. More than forty NAACP branches were organized in Georgia by 1950 under Gilbert’s courageous leadership.
A National Landmark
The building that houses the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is modern in comparison to others in historic Savannah. The building, however, has played an important part in Savannah’s African-American history. In 1914, Robert Pharrow, an African-American contractor from Atlanta, built the structure. The building was first home to the Wage Earners Savings and Loan Bank, once the largest banks for African-Americans in the country. The building now houses the history of Savannah’s civil rights movement.
Located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Museum includes three floors of photographic and interactive exhibits, including a NAACP Organization exhibit, a lunch counter where sit ins occurred, a fiber optic map of 87 significant civil rights sites and events, and segregation exhibits. The Museum also offers group tours, but advance notice is required. The tours are a wonderful way to get the most out of the Museum. The friendly and knowledgeable tour guides make your experience even more interesting!
Book Your Stay at The Presidents’ Quarters Inn
While planning your visit to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Rights Museum, make sure to find the perfect place to stay during your time in the city. Staying at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn allows guests to experience the history of the city and the Inn itself. This historic boutique hotel in Savannah provides all the personal touches and amenities associated with a bed and breakfast. Nestled in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn is ideally located for guests to learn more about the history of Savannah without having to go far. In addition to its superior location, the Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers guests 16 luxurious accommodations from which to choose. Every morning of your stay, we serve you a full southern breakfast before you hit the town. We hope to see you soon!