Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate Parks’ birthday with free tours, special performances

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday on Thursday, Feb. 4 by offering free tours and hosting special performances throughout the day.

Students from Montgomery's Bellingrath Middle School will offer jazz and vocal performances from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum's atrium, and Troy University theatre student Adira Burton of Gautier, Miss., will offer theatrical performances throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Museum's auditorium. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy a complimentary piece of birthday cake in honor of what would have been Mrs. Parks’ 103rd birthday.

"Mrs. Parks was an American hero and the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus is so excited to celebrate her legacy of courage on her birthday," said Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum's director. “We look forward to sharing a day of special activities with the public."

The museum will 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

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.