About the ACRI

Courage Reborn




The Albany Civil Rights Institute is a museum in Albany, Georgia that tells the story of the civil rights movement in southwest Georgia. Consisting of the Old Mount Zion church (site of one of the first mass meetings of the Albany Movement) and a 12,315 square foot museum space adjacent to the church, ACRI is uniquely able to bring together community members, movement veterans, historians and visitors to discover and acknowledge the rich history of the southwest Georgia civil rights struggle.


ACRI consists of an exhibit space packed with interactive exhibits, a large multipurpose room, an outdoor garden facility, and state-of-the-art audio and visual technology. By immersing visitors in the culture and conflicts of the 1960s, ACRI allows visitors to experience the evolution of everyday citizens into the courageous activists of the Albany Movement.


Community leaders and the ACRI board of directors have come together to help the Institute secure the state-of-the-art resources it needs to pursue its mission. The museum space is made possible by support from the Albany City Commission, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and generous donors in Albany and from around the country.


Museums are keepers of culture and agents of change. ACRI embodies this principle through programs emphasizing the potential for ordinary citizens to become effective change agents. Examples of these programs include our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, our annual Boyd-Grant Dinner, and our monthly Community Night.



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