Remembering the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Savannah

Posted on September 12, 2016 by

Event Details

Twenty years ago this month, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum opened its doors. Since then, it has daily told the story of Savannah’s Civil Rights Movement. On Sept. 23, 2016, after the dedication of the Savannah Protest Movement historical marker on Broughton Street, the museum will hold a special “Meet and Greet” with men and women who were part of the movement, from 1-4 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the museum and the Beach High School Class of 1960 in honor of their classmates Carolyn Quillion and Joan Tyson who were arrested at Levy’s Department Store, currently Savannah College of Art & Design’s Jen Library, on March 16, 1960. For those who participated in the protest movement in Savannah, there will be an opportunity to have your oral history recorded for the museum. The Museum will be providing introductory tours and re-enactments at the lunch counter in the Levy Department Store exhibit.

Visitors are asked to make a donation to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum or sign up for a Museum membership. For more information, please call the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum at (912) 777-6099 or go to