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Experience the Legacy of Clayborn Temple
Curated in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, our exhibit illustrates the heritage of the sacred space that galvanized the civil rights movement in Memphis. As the city's staging ground for the civil rights movement, Clayborn Temple is synonymous with the organization of community activism in a still pertinent fight toward social and economic justice. Today, the collection and preservation of this rich heritage for future generations are positioned as a central mission of Historic Clayborn Temple. In this mission, we strive to actively engage our audiences through an inspiring historic narrative spanning more than a century. While the building itself remains closed during the process of its restoration, our interpretive programming takes the adaptable form of a traveling exhibit titled, I AM The Story of Historic Clayborn Temple & the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968. Please direct all inquiries related to our traveling exhibit to Preservation Specialist, Sydney Wessinger at .
Traveling Exhibit FAQs
Where can the traveling exhibit be hosted?The traveling exhibit can be hosted by museums, art galleries, community recreation centers and auditoriums, churches, libraries, any academic setting, or private venues.
Are hosts charged a fee to display the exhibit?There is no cost associated with hosting our traveling exhibit.
What materials are a part of the exhibit?Our traveling exhibit is comprised of ten individual display panels measuring L,W, and H, accompanied by the full set guidebook, intended to further interpret the historic narrative and context of the exhibit for the audience.
Does the exhibit require any assembly?The exhibit panels were designed to simplify transportation and assembly. Once removed from their protective carrying cases, each of the ten panels need only be lifted from its spring roll and reinforced by an attached supportive rod at its base. The assembly and disassembly of the exhibit panels are the responsibility of Historic Clayborn Temple and take approximately than 30-minutes.
How long can I display the traveling exhibit?Prospective hosts can request to display the exhibit under standard or short-term contracts. Standard contracts allow the host to hold the exhibit for eight weeks. Alternatively, short-term contracts allow the host to hold the exhibit for two to six weeks.
How will the exhibit be transported?Historic Clayborn Temple is responsible for the transportation of the exhibit both to and from the location of the hosting institution.
Experience the Legacy of Clayborn Temple's Civil Rights Movement Online
Explore our exhibit banners online and experience the legacy of Clayborn Temple from the comfort of your own home. Our curated collection, in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlights the heritage of this sacred space and its pivotal role in the civil rights movement in Memphis.