MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus has received a donation of more than 500 African American magazines from the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
Carefully kept for many decades, this rare collection, dating from the 1950s and 1960s, documents the social, political and cultural aspects of black life in America during the modern Civil Rights Movement. Appraised at more than $7,000, the majority of the collection is comprised of Jet and Hue magazines. There are fewer and some single editions of magazines such as Say and Our Life, which are no longer in print.
Rosa Parks Museum staff will visit local schools and exhibit the magazines to students as a part of a presentation. In addition, the magazines will be featured in future exhibits at the museum.
"We are so appreciative of this important gift and look forward to sharing it with the community of Montgomery," said Dr. Felecia Bell, the museum's director. "The collection will also be available to Troy University students and visiting scholars for research purposes."