Cracker Barrel presents gift to National Civil Rights Museum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Cracker Barrel presents gift to National Civil Rights Museum

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A gift was presented Thursday to the National Civil Rights Museum from Cracker Barrel, a restaurant sued in the past for discrimination.

Cracker Barrel officials said they wanted to focus less on that multi-million dollar lawsuit settlement, and more on the positive things the company is doing in the community.

Thursday, the company donated $10,000 and a painting to the National Civil Rights Museum.  The art work is a piece titled "The Mountain Top," a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and the fight for civil rights.

While officials didn't get into details of that 2004 lawsuit, company spokesman Jim Taylor said that Cracker Barrel is taking steps nationwide to have a positive impact on communities.

"I can tell you that as a restaurant company that's been a part of this country for 40 years, we have taken many steps to have a positive influence in the communities that we serve," Taylor said. "We believe that this relationship with the National Civil Rights Museum will continue to have positive steps in every community, because we find a number of people come to this Civil Rights Museum to learn about Dr. King and his legacy, and we're very honored to be part of that."

Taylor said the company is also working on programs with other museums and African American cultural events around the country.

Cracker Barrel is based in Lebanon, Tennessee and has 481 restaurants around the country, spread out among 41 states.

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