A gallery devoted to the American Civil Rights movement at the museum takes visitors through a series of portals that begin with scenes and signs of segregation before the Civil Rights movement. In one room a panoramic screen tells the story of the 1963 March on Washington. Then, past a touching stained-glass tribute to the four young girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing, is a tableau of moments from the day in April 1968 when Martin Luther King. Jr. was murdered. Archival video shows Walter Cronkite announcing King's death on national television. And nearby is a staircase illuminated by an eerie re-creation of the sign outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
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