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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - -

It has taken about sixteen months, but the massive renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum is complete.

The museum is scheduled to reopen Saturday, one day after the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many of the new exhibits are interactive and offer a more impressive, emotionally hard-hitting experience than before.

The museum attracts about 200-thousand people each year, but the renovations are impressive enough that they could lead to a spike in visitor turnout.

Friday morning, Good Morning Memphis anchors Ernie Freeman and Valerie Calhoun will be on the road at the National Civil Rights museum so tune in for an early preview.

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GRAND RE-OPENING EVENTS INCLUDE:
April 4, 2014--50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: An educational forum addressing the impact of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
April 4, 2014--Candlelight Vigil commemorating the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
April 5, 2014--Community Day, Freedom Forward Parade: The Freedom Forward Parade begins at the Cook Convention Center and proceeds along Second Street to the National Civil Rights Museum.
April 5, 2014--Breaking of the Chains: Grand reopening ceremony concluding with the official opening of the doors to the public.

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