Civil Rights Museum gets help from state of Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Civil Rights Museum gets help from state of Tennessee

The National Civil Rights Museum is getting help from the State of Tennessee.    

More than $300,000 will help the historic site with maintenance and educational programs.

During Monday's announcement, museum officials singled out state Senator Ophelia Ford and Representative Johnny Shaw for leading the efforts to help the museum obtain some much needed funding.

State representative Johnny Shaw said a $300,000 allocation resulted from requests Museum officials made to do current and preventative maintenance.

Representative Shaw, who recently joined the museum's board, also presented officials with a check for $50,000.

"And its an opportunity for us to educate our young people across the state and across the world about the movement that took place back in the 60's and even in this time the movement is still very active and going on," Tennessee State Representative Johnny Shaw said.

Museum officials also applauded State senator Ophelia Ford for securing a $25,000 grant that is already being used to help the Museum provide educational programs.

Officials also announced today that this has been a record year for the museum.

An estimated 210,000 people visited the civil rights museum this fiscal year. That is the highest attendance ever.

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