(WMC-TV) - The National Civil Rights Museum celebrated its grand reopening Friday. The newly renovated museum's new and improved institution will impact Memphis in a whole new way.
Not only does this provide a chance to learn about the Civil Rights Movement, but it is going to have a huge economic impact on Memphis.
"I think from tragedy to Triumph you can see what the National Civil Rights Museum has done since its opening in 1991 and what it's gonna continue to do with this expansion and exhibit. It really is a real beacon of hope," said Convention and Visitors Bureau President Kevin Kane.
But the National Civil Rights Museum is not a Memphis attraction, Kane calls it a Memphis attractor, which will bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
"The expansion is poised for growth to take the museum to a new level here in the 21st century and we're excited about it," said Kane.
He says it brings in folks like Milford Parker who drove in from Shreveport, Louisiana to experience history.
"It's something that's so surreal you can't believe that it ever happened right here in Memphis, Tennessee," said Parker .
No exact numbers just yet, but Kane says it will only continue to grow thanks to this expansion.