Civil Rights Memorial Offers Free Admission for MLK Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) is offering free admission to the public on Monday, Jan. 17.

The CRMC, located at 400 Washington Ave. in downtown Montgomery, is an interpretive center containing exhibits about the people and events inscribed on the Civil Rights Memorial. Designed by Maya Lin, the black granite monument was dedicated in 1989 and includes the names of 40 civil rights martyrs who were murdered during the Civil Rights Movement.

"This is a day to reflect not only on Dr. King's life but also on the sacrifices made by many others who fought for equality," said CRMC Director Lecia Brooks. "We want to welcome everyone to the Civil Rights Memorial Center on this important day."

The CRMC, which opened in October 2005, allows visitors to deepen their understanding of the movement, the sacrifices of that period and the struggles that lie ahead. In the center's theater, visitors can watch a 20-minute film, Faces in the Water. A colorful hallway displays examples of contemporary struggles for freedom and equality. It also provides a reminder that intolerance and injustice persist today.

Before leaving the CRMC, visitors can make a public commitment to the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement by adding their names to the Wall of Tolerance, a 20-by-40-foot wall with tens of thousands of digitally projected names.

The CRMC is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sponsors the Civil Rights Memorial and built the CRMC on the site of its former office.