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    National Civil Rights Museum receives $352,000 grant

    by Cole Epley - Memphis Business Journal -

    The National Civil Rights Museum has gotten one step closer to enhancing its public offerings with a $352,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Funds will be contributed to a planned $27 million renovation of the museum’s Lorraine Motel Permanent Exhibits. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and will continue through 2013, according to the museum.

    The ambitious redesign includes enhanced interaction, new informational placards and new exhibits and was conceived by Howard + Revis and Self Tucker Architects. During renovations, visitors for the first time will be allowed to stand on the balcony outside of infamous room 306, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency created in 1965 and is dedicated to funding humanities programs across the country.