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    National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis gets $500,000 for education

    Michael Lollar - The Commercial Appeal -

    The National Civil Rights Museum will hold a news conference Thursday to announce a $500,000 gift to be used for educational purposes that museum president Beverly Robertson said will "extend the museum's national reach and encourage more national dialogue on issues."

    Robertson said the gift will involve "a number of different vehicles" and will help provide a museum presence after the main museum building closes for renovations on Nov. 5. A museum annex across Mulberry Street from the main building will remain open during the renovation and serve as exhibition space until the main museum reopens in early 2014.

    Thursday's press conference at 10:30 a.m. will be the museum's first press conference streamed live on the internet and may be accessed at new.livestream.com/NCRM/edequity. Submit questions to media@civilrightsmuseum.org or on Twitter at #edequity.