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    Sculpture Returns to Civil Rights Museum

    Five months after it was moved out of the National Civil Rights Museum, the 7,000-pound bronze sculpture that was once in the museum’s lobby is back in the museum as it is undergoing a major renovation.

    The reinstallation of “Movement to Overcome” began Thursday, May 9, with sculptor Michael Pavlovsky along to watch the process of moving the work he created in 1991.

    The entrance is among the areas of the museum that will change in the first major renovation of the facility since its opening in 1991.

    The $27 million renovation will update technology in the museum and incorporate long-time exhibits with new areas that will add to the story of the civil rights movement.

    The sculpture was moved to an undisclosed location in the city in December as the renovation work began.

    The museum has remained open with visitors limited to the museum annex across Mulberry Street and some exhibits from the main museum building incorporated. Visitors have also had access to the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot during the renovation.

    The museum was built on the site of the old Lorraine Motel where King was staying when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.