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    A look inside the National Civil Rights Museum expansion

    Michael Sheffield
    The $27 million expansion of the National Civil Rights Museum is nearing its final stages.
    The project, which utilizes 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of previously unused space in the Lorraine Motel, was designed by Memphis-based Self Tucker Architects and Washington D.C.-based Howard+Revis. Juan Self, a principal with Self Tucker, worked on the original design when the museum opened in 1991. The renovation began in 2012.
    Click here to see the current renovations at the National Civil Rights Museum.
    While paying homage to the history and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the hotel will incorporate several new interactive features, including touch-screen exhibits that give visitors a closer look at different aspects of the movement.
    The National Civil Rights Museum is scheduled to reopen April 4, which marks 46 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.