Date of Award

Winter 1-9-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Cathleen Wiggins


In this study the author explores the many reasons why a museum devoted to the Civil Rights Movement should open in New York City. This work examines and delves into the very early stages and ideas that go into the creation of the museum, which include finding a need and purpose as well as envisioning what the institution has the potential to do and become. Koczot begins with a discussion of her own interests in the subject, including her experiences in the South and as an educator in New York City. The author moves on to discuss the city’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement and gives an overview of the existing literature and cultural sites related to the topic and specific to New York City. The author concludes the study with preliminary suggestions for the layout and focus of the museum and offers samples of programming that the institution could provide.