MONTGOMERY - Dr. Felicia A. Bell has been named as the new director of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum. She will begin her new position June 1.
An Assistant Professor of History at Savannah State University since 2011, Dr. Bell previously served as director of education and outreach for the United States Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C. She also previously served as director of education and programs for the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Ga.
"Troy University is excited about the appointment of Dr. Felicia Bell to Director of the Rosa Parks Museum," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the University's Montgomery Campus. "The University went through an exhaustive search and Dr. Bell's museum experiences and academic background matched very well to the current and future activities of the museum."
Dr. Bell received her bachelor's degree in history from Savannah State University, her master's degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and her doctorate in U.S. history from Howard University.
Dr. Bell has long been an advocate for preserving African American heritage. Research for her dissertation garnered attention from Congress, and, in 2007 she gave an expert testimony before the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on House Administration about the use of enslaved and free black craftsmen to construct the U.S. Capitol. Her testimony, along with that of others, resulted in a bill to name the Capitol Visitor Center's great hall, "Emancipation Hall." The bill was signed into law in December 2007.
Dr. Bell has served on or advised several committees, including the African American History Advisory Committee of the Coastal Heritage Society; "The Cart Program," a mobile display and historic interpretation program of the United States Capitol Visitor Center; Interpretation Advisory Committee panelist for the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum; an advisory panelist for the National Children's Museum's "Kid's Washington" exhibit; and consulting party for the environmental impact state and review of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute.
Dr. Bell has served as a visiting scholar for Georgia Southern University's Visual History Summer Institute, was a Capitol Fellow with the Office of the Architect of the Capitol/U.S. Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C., and was a resident scholar in the Institute for Constitutional Studies at George Washington University School of Law. She has numerous scholarly lectures and publications to her credit.
Dr. Bell is a member of the Coastal Heritage Society and chair of the group's African American History Advisory Board, a member of Talfair Museums' Education Committee, a charter member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, a charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.