Renovations at Civil Rights Museum move forward

9:13 AM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The large bronze sculpture that stands in the National Civil Rights Museum lobby in Memphis is being moved as the facility undergoes renovations.

Workers using a forklift and a crane are set to haul the sculpture out to the museum's courtyard on Tuesday, in order to make room for crews renovating the 21-year-old attraction. The sculpture, known as "Movement to Overcome," will then be moved 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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