Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Congratulates National Civil Rights Museum

May 7, 2019
Press Release
Wins prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Science

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) congratulated the National Civil Rights Museum, its supporters and staff for winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Science from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, announced Tuesday.

The National Civil Rights Museum was one of 10 winners of the medal, the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The medals will be awarded at a ceremony in Washington on June 12.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Since it was established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum has been an important national institution for telling America’s civil rights history. Steadily improving its exhibits over the years, what was once a rundown motel and a site of momentous injustice is now a showcase attracting presidents and heads of state from around the world. The National Civil Rights Museum deserves the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service as do all those whose inspiration and hard work made it possible.”

Selected from 30 national finalists, the winners of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service are addressing unique issues and opportunities within their communities through their programs, services and partnerships.

The complete list of Tuesday’s medal winners:

  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Library (Sequim, Washington)
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • Gulfport Public Library (Gulfport, Florida)
  • Meridian Library District (Meridian, Idaho)
  • Barona Band of Mission Indians - Barona Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, California)
  • New Children's Museum (San Diego, California)
  • Orange County Regional History Center (Orlando, Florida)
  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, South Carolina)