TROY Rosa Parks Museum to host Native American panel discussion Thursday

Posted: Monday, 20 June 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a panel discussion on issues facing Native Americans in Alabama on Thursday, June 23, featuring representatives from the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission and the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians.

The discussion will start at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The panelists will discuss the history, culture and current state of Native Americans living in Alabama, along with the relationship between African-Native Americans and Native Americans in the state. The event is being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit ""IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" currently on the display in the museum's exhibit hall.

The "IndiVisible" exhibit focuses on the seldom-viewed history and complex lives of people of dual African American and Native American ancestry. The exhibition tells stories of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. It will remain on view inside the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall through July 31, and will then continue to travel to museums around the nation.

"IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" was developed, produced, and circulated by the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, with generous support from Akaloa Resource Foundation and the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of all exhibition-related public programs. This exhibit was also funded in part by American Airlines.

For more information about the exhibit or upcoming events, contact museum curator Viola Moten at 334-241-8701.