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National Civil Rights Museum seeks new president with Terri Freeman set to depart

Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, announces the 2018 Freedom Award honorees at a press conference on Aug. 22. (Photo: Lee Eric Smith/TSD Archives)

Terri Lee Freeman is moving on six years after stepping into the role of president of the National Civil Rights Museum

Freeman’s resignation was detailed in a press release that set her last official day as Feb. 3, 2021. According to museum officials, a national search for Freeman’s successor already is underway,

Freeman’s crowning achievement is the highly-praised, 18-month celebration of MLK50, the golden anniversary commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on the balcony of Lorraine Motel, the museum’s anchor.

No mention was made of any future endeavor being eyed by Freeman.

Prior to coming to the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), Freeman served 18 years as president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C.

“Terri brought a new perspective … that strengthened connections with the Memphis community and furthered alliances with global and national entities,” said NCRM Board Chairman Herbert Hilliard Hilliard.

“…Terri will absolutely be missed. … She navigated during some of the most momentous highs and challenges … and with COVID, she navigated one of the most difficult times in this nation’s history with facilitating … closing, reopening and resilience to deter a negative impact.”

Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer Faith Morris said Freeman “made it a priority to connect the Memphis community to a forward path of the museum, while aligning with partners that expanded our national footprint.

“There have been many highs for the museum during her tenure that will comprise her legacy. She will truly be missed by all of us at NCRM.”

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