Renovations at Civil Rights Museum move forward

Renovations at Civil Rights Museum move forward


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The imposing bronze sculpture that has awed visitors of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has been moved to make room for renovation work.

Workers used a heavy crane to haul the 14,000-pound sculpture onto a flatbed truck in two pieces Tuesday in order to make room for crews remodeling the 21-year-old attraction. The sculpture, known as "Movement to Overcome," is going into storage.

The museum is located at the site of the old Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. It chronicles the civil rights movement's history and attracts about 200,000 people annually.

The museum has raised almost $22 million to pay for renovations that include updating existing exhibits and enlarging the lobby. Renovations are set to be completed in early 2014.

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