The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum Is Closed To The Public Until Further Notice

The Westley Wallace Law Archive at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

The Archive was designed to receive the papers of the Reverend Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert. The Gilbert Collection was donated to the Museum by Mrs. Eloria S. Gilbert and arrived, on site, on July 8, 2020. The Collection includes hundreds of type-written sermons Reverend Gilbert delivered as the 13th pastor of the First African Baptist Church, the noteworthy Passion Plays written and performed in Savannah and documents related to his work in Savannah and the state of Georgia, as president of the local and state chapters of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum accepts items to its Collection relative to the Savannah Civil Rights Movement. If you have any collectibles or know anyone who would like to help the Museum tell this story, please contact the Museum through this website or call 912-777-6099.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to be a cause for concern, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum is closed to the public effective immediately.

We will share updates as they become available. Please check this website and our social media channels for all new information. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen.



*Facilities are currently closed because of COVID-19


460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia 31401


Individuals: Adults $10 | Seniors $8 | Students $6
Groups: Adults $8 | Students $4

Savannah's Civil Rights Heroes

Ralph Mark Gilbert

Our museum is named after Gilbert, a courageous figure that built the foundations of the Civil Rights Movement here in Savannah and throughout the Deep South. Learn more about his many accomplishments here.

Westley Wallace Law

Law devoted himself to the fight for equality in Savannah for more than half a century. Read his powerful introduction to a collection of Freedom Songs to learn more about the founder of this museum and his passion for social justice.

Hosea Williams

Williams was an important part of the Savannah Civil Rights Movement. He then continued his work with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the SCLC. Read a newspaper article from our archive describing his call for the community to boycott Savannah stores that were practicing Jim Crow Era segregation.

Educational Materials

School Activities Collection

Browse the museum's searchable database of school activities.

Education for All

Learn about the history of integration of Savannah's schools and share your education story.

The Savannah Boycott

Learn about the region-wide Savannah Boycott that broke the system of Jim Crow in Savannah.

Explore Our Museum


Historic Location

The museum is located in Savannah's Historic area, on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a street that was once the heart of the city's black business community.


Find on display three floors of informative historic photos, documentaries and interactive exhibits documenting the city's Jim Crow era and Civil Rights movement.