Chattanooga Now Cleveland integration history to be shared

Chattanooga Now Cleveland integration history to be shared

June 17th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art


What: "We Shall Not Be Moved: Cleveland Experiences Integration."

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (doors open at 6 p.m.).

Where: Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn.

Admission: Free (exhibit may be viewed at regular admission prices).

Phone: 423-339-5745.


The Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tenn., will host an evening of oral history sharing Tuesday for those who peacefully integrated Cleveland's restaurants and other public places during the civil-rights movement in the early 1960s.

"All are invited to share their stories, whether black or white, about their memories of this important time in our nation's history," said Executive Director Lisa Simpson Lutts in a news release.

The free program is co-sponsored with 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc and Cleveland-Bradley County NAACP.

The educational event is part of the museum's programming to accompany "We Shall Not Be Moved: 51st Anniversary of Tennessee's Civil Rights Sit-Ins." The traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville will run through July 20.

The exhibit features photos of sit-ins that took place in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis; actual items from lunchrooms and nonviolent demonstrations; and an eight-minute film about the sit-ins that includes original news footage from Nashville.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday for those who would like to tour the exhibit before the free program begins. To see the exhibit, regular admission prices apply: $5 adults, $4 seniors and students.