Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is located in Pemberton Place, a park adjacent to Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA.  It is hard to miss the center’s unique exterior design.

The entrance lobby is a popular stop for memorable pictures beside the large collage.  You can also see the second floor mezzanine in this view.  

The center houses four exhibit galleries: 
a temporary space currently displaying selections from the Benny Andrews’ John Lewis Series

Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement

Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement

It’s possible to walk the exhibits in about an hour, although the extensive interactive opportunities will slow you down. You will notice the designers took care to telegraph the structure’s exterior features to the interior.

In this view from the mezzanine you can see the center is situated between the World of Coke (left) and the Georgia Aquarium (right).

The exhibits are packed with photos and commentary that I am not cataloging here. Instead, I wanted to concentrated on the sweeping lines of the exterior.

The “backyard” features 34’ waterfall sculptures with quotes from Margaret Mead and Nelson Mandela.

Fortunately the center is lit past sundown.  I’ll have to return to get a good twilight shot.

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