Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the National Civil Rights Museum has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant worth $352,000 for the Renovation of the Lorraine Motel Permanent Exhibits. NEH grants are highly competitive and involve a rigorous review and selection process to ensure that the best of humanities research, education, preservation and public programs is cultivated.
"The National Civil Rights Museum is one of the most prestigious museums in the country," said Congressman Cohen. "These new federal funds will be used to help future generations better understand and appreciate the Civil Rights Movement."
NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans.
The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars.