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National Civil Rights Museum reopens doors

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The renovation makes the museum interactive where people can literally step into history, as if they're living through key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement. The renovation makes the museum interactive where people can literally step into history, as if they're living through key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - After 18 months of construction, the "Breaking of the Chains" ceremony officially reopened the doors of the National Civil Rights Museum. People from across the country descended upon Memphis for this historic event.

With the Breaking of the Chains, The National Civil Rights Museum officially reopened its doors Saturday, a year and a half after the historic landmark began a $27.5 million remodeling.

"I'd like to say it's piercing, it's penetrating. It really gets into you and that's really what this is about," said City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Founders of the museum, local, and national leaders were there for the monumental occasion.

The day began with the Freedom Forward Parade, where more than 20 organizations and schools marched from the Cook Convention Center to the museum, the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

"I've lived through most of this history. I'm 81-years-old so I'm glad to be anywhere," said Nate Walker.

The renovation makes the museum interactive where people can literally step into history, as if they're living through key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Visitors came from all corners of the country to witness the undertaking.

"We think it's great that they've redone the museum, and we can't wait to see it," noted Jill McKibben, who traveled to Memphis from Indiana.

The theme of Saturday's: Freedom Forward.

"We have an awesome responsibility, those of us who live in this generation, to really reach back and teach this younger generation not only to experience it, but to feel it," added Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Admission to the museum discounted from $15 to $5 for the weekend and will reopen Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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