On the night of March 21st, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought refuge from the Ku Klux Klan inside a small shotgun style home in the depot neighborhood of Greensboro, Alabama.
Today, the Safe House Black History Museum occupies the house used to conceal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his organization of peaceful resistance protests of segregation in Alabama during the 1960s. The museum, founded by Mrs. Theresa Burroughs, a Civil Rights foot soldier who worked with Dr. King, documents the struggle for equality during the Civil Rights Movement in Hale County.
The museum is open by appointment and available for individuals, groups, and school field trips to come and experience many artifacts and stories of the struggle from slavery to equality, as well as unpublished local and state photos of the Movement. An education non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation of Greensboro, AL, the Safe House Museum’s mission is to preserve the unique culture and history in the rural, Black Belt South, especially of black people’s freedom struggle in Hale County, Alabama, through serving as a local, national and international resource center, and by acting as a catalyst for the development of programs for self-sufficiency.
The Safe House Historic Museum seeks to achieve this mission through:
1. The promotion of Black Belt heritage in the arts, mass media, and history, especially where it expressed the aims of the freedom struggle commonly known as the Civil Rights Movement.
2. The promotion of the importance of preserving historic structures, artifacts, pictures and documents.
3. The promotion of cultural research and documentation, both archeologically and sociologically, in an archive and through historical interpretations, of post-civil war U.S. history.
4. To use technology to promote the education of the history of the Civil Rights Movement and African/African-American history in K-12 schools system wide, community wide, state wide and nationally.