Albany Civil Rights Institute is located in the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Founded in 1906, this church was the place where local citizens founded the Albany Movement--an organization that coordinated local and regional civil rights activism between 1961 and 1963. Today, the Institute preserves and share the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Albany and throughout the nation through interactive exhibits, archives, and sponsored events such as public lectures.
The Albany Movement was among the first to bring national civil rights organizations such as the NAACP together with the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other national leaders addressed mass meetings organized by the Albany Movement at this church.