Safe House Black History Museum

Safe House Black History Museum

The Safe House Black History Museum is an educational non-profit corporation of Greensboro, AL, which has as its mission to preserve the unique culture and history of the rural, black belt south.

The museum seeks to achieve its mission through the promotion of African American heritage in the arts, mass media, and history, the promotion of the importance of preserving historic structures and documents, and the promotion of cultural research and documentation.

On the night of March 21, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sought refuge from the Ku Klux Klan inside a small, shotgun-style home in the depot neighborhood of Greensboro, AL. (This occurred just two weeks prior to the assassination of Rev. King in Memphis, TN.)

Mrs. Theresa Burroughs, a close friend of the King family and an active participant of the Civil Rights Movement, turned this small shotgun house into the Safe House Black History Museum which documents the local struggle for equality.

It contains relics of the period from slavery through the civil rights movement.

Displayed at the museum are many unpublished photos of the civil rights struggle in the Black Belt. These include photos of the Greensboro marches, of Bloody Sunday in Selma, and of the triumphant march from Selma to Montgomery.