Atlantic City is among the most important communities in the nation where the Civil Rights Movement unfolded. The Civil Rights Garden is a serene oasis of plants, trees and flowers honoring the long journey of African Americans, and indeed all Americans, toward a full measure of rights under the United States Constitution. The Garden is among a select few places in the nation that commemorates the legacies of the American Revolution as hammered out by people of color.
A moving tribute to the voices and architects of the Civil Rights Movement, the Garden is the setting for the annual January 15th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event, as well as a number of others, including the Fannie Lou Hamer commemorative ceremony. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Hamer challenged the all-white makeup of political candidates at the 1964 Democratic Convention held in Atlantic City.
The Carnegie Center provides support for many of these events as a venue for accompanying lectures and receptions. During the school year the Library Center provides classroom support space to students from the region's schools that visit the Civil Rights Garden.