Rosa Parks Museum to offer free tours Feb. 4, will host book signing by a niece of Rosa Parks

Posted: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 4, by offering free tours and hosting a reading and book signing for Sheila McCauley Keys, a niece of Rosa Parks.

Keys will read from and sign copies of her new book, "Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons." The book offers unique insight into Parks' family and home life in the years after her historic arrest in 1955.

Keys is the seventh niece of Rosa Parks, and has become an active voice in efforts to preserve her aunt's legacy. In 2013, she was featured in PBS's live television broadcast of the National Day of Courage, celebrating what would have been Parks' hundredth birthday. That same year, she joined President Obama and legislators in unveiling a statue of Rosa Parks in the Capitol Rotunda.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact museum curator Daniel Neil at 334-241-8701 or dneil@troy.edu.

The museum will also offer free tours of both the main museum and the children's wing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 4. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations by calling (334) 241-8661.

Rosa Parks was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala.

Constructed on the site of the Empire Theatre where Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus, the Rosa Parks Museum opened in December 2000 with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.