Civil Rights Museum President Robertson retiring

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- National Civil Rights Museum President Beverly Robertson announced she'll retire in July.

Robertson said in a news release Tuesday she's retiring because she has seen the Memphis museum through the major goals she had set during her 16-year tenure.

She said those goals include an expansion that brought the museum to international prominence, dramatic changes to the museum's demographics and the Freedom Award program that brought human rights leader Nelson Mandela to Memphis.

The museum is undergoing a $27 million renovation and a $40 million capital and endowment fundraising campaign.

Board Chairman Herbert Hilliard says a national search for a successor will be conducted.

The museum is located at the site of the former Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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