About the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame

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Our Vision and Purpose

The National Civil Rights Hall of Fame will provide America with a highly visible focal point where adults and all of the Nation's children, black, white and all shades in between, can learn of the sacrifices made to open the doors of opportunity for all citizens of the United States.

The American Civil Rights Movement is responsible for state, local and national laws and court decisions which mandate fair treatment and equal opportunity in public accommodations, employment, voting, housing and education. This Movement continues to open doors and makes it possible for people of color, women, older Americans and the disabled to move into widespread areas of the American society.

Many of the artifacts, documents and memorabilia associated with and depicting this great sweep of American history are in danger of being lost, destroyed or discarded with each passing day. The National Civil Rights Hall of Fame is created to preserve and promote this rich historical legacy for future generations.

The campaign to build the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame in Gary, IN began many years ago under the esteemed leadership of Bishop Andrew Grutka of the Gary Diocese, and the renowned educator, H. Theodore Tatum, Principal of Roosevelt High School. Both of these great citizens of the region have passed on, however, many others continue the effort to finish their work.

The project will be located in the State of Indiana, Northwest Indiana region, in the City of Gary, Indiana. Gary is a city in Lake county, Indiana 25 miles from downtown Chicago, IL. It is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore and borders Lake Michigan. The city is known for having elected one of the first African American Mayors in the country, namely, Richard Gordon Hatcher, its large steel mills, and for being the birthplace of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 music group.

The facility will contain cutting edge technology, such as a holographic representation, laser presentations, and extensive use of the world wide web to expand the scope of exhibits on display. The national Civil Rights Hall of Fame will also contain a research library where many of the important documents related to the movement will be preserved and made available to scholars, researchers, and students. It will bring new visitors to and create economic benefits for the city of Gary, Lake and Porter Counties and the State of Indiana during both the construction phase of the project and resulting from ongoing operations.

Upon completion, the NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS HALL OF FAME, will be a state of the art facility. The historic Hall of Fame will rekindle a spirit of pride, promote as sense of community and unity, increase levels of affection and regard for our city, and serve as a living monument to the rich and glorious history and contributions of people who have been a part of this struggle

Past funding for this project never materialized through our city, state and local governments, therefore, groundbreaking have never occurred. We are again aggressively pursuing funding from our city, state, and federal governments and looking forward in working with them to make this a reality soon. To date, our local fundraising efforts have brought in close to $500,000 and we are continuing these efforts. Our estimated cost for this project is now 14,000,000 and we have a start date for construction as January 1, 2017.

We're looking forward to our groundbreaking and completion of this project, and want you to be a part of this effort by your participation in our membership drive.

National Civil Rights Institute & Hall of Fame Board & Executive Committee
Richard G. Hatcher, Founder & President
Lamar Taylor, Board Member & Executive Committee Chairman

National Civil Rights Hall of Fame

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