On 27 September 2002 the World Peace Flame was installed at the opening of the new human rights building in the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, USA.
It serves as a testament to those whose courage is celebrated within the museum's walls and honours all who are working for peace.
The National Civil Rights Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of civil rights movements worldwide. It's collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs chronicle the movement from the earliest days of slavery, though to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and on to encompass the human rights movement worldwide.
Located in the Museum lobby, the World Peace Flame stands on a sculptural base specially created and donated by local artists.
“As the World Peace Flame comes to live here at the National Civil Rights Museum, may all be reminded of the life and light that will illume the world when people of courage, conviction and commitment unite to promote peace. May the vision of lasting peace remain a goal for which we all strive and may the hope of its realization never die.”
- Beverly Robertson, Executive Director National Civil Rights Museum