MONTGOMERY - A pair of exhibits at the Rosa Parks Museum on Troy University’s Montgomery Campus are a part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Dec. 1 will mark the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ 1955 arrest after she refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery city bus to a white male. Her stance and subsequent arrest sparked the 381-day boycott of Montgomery buses by African Americans.
“The Montgomery Bus Boycott: A Reflection of 60 Years” will open on Nov. 23 in the museum’s gallery. The exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 29, explores through photographs how the bus boycott was reported in local newspapers, how the black community worked together to make the boycott successful and the challenges of obtaining civil rights and equality today.
In addition, a special collection featuring rare artifacts related to Mrs. Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott will be exhibited in the gallery from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Among the items included in the special collection is the original fingerprint arrest record of Rosa Parks, a fare machine from a 1955 bus and a Jim Crow-era waiting room sign.
“The Rosa Parks Museum is excited that these special exhibits are a part of our commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum’s director. “These historic events helped to transform our city, our state, our nation and our world, and I hope everyone will join us in remembering Mrs. Parks and the many people who courageously brought about change through the Montgomery Bus Boycott.”
Gallery exhibits are free and open to the public during normal operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.