MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will be among the locations featured in C-SPAN's 2016 Cities Tour of Montgomery.
C-SPAN Cities Tour, which visits selected communities throughout the United States focusing on local history and people, will make a week-long stop in Montgomery, beginning today. Representatives of the cable network took part in a kickoff event at the Rufus Lewis branch of the Montgomery City-County Public Library this morning, where they revealed the stories and segments that will be explored.
Working with its cable partners, Charter Communications, the C-SPAN production team will take specially outfitted Local Content Vehicles throughout Montgomery, Feb. 18-22, visiting various literary and historic sites to interview local historians, authors and civic leaders. The programming from Montgomery will air on Book TV (C-SPAN2) and American History TV (C-SPAN3) on March 19-20.
Debbie Lamb, C-SPAN coordinating producer, said six or seven, five to 20-minute segments will be produced dealing with various aspects of the city's history, and an additional seven segments will feature local, non-fiction writers.
"The goal of our Cities Tour is to visit selected cities for a week and try to give our audience a unique look at that city, telling stories that viewers may not know about that community," Lamb said.
C-SPAN crews will be touring the Rosa Parks Museum today, looking at displays that are a part of the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and interviewing Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum's director.
"We are excited that the Rosa Parks Museum will be included as a part of C-SPAN Cities Tour's visit to Montgomery," Dr. Bell said. "The museum celebrates the legacy of Mrs. Parks and the many people who courageously brought about change through the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped to transform our city, our state, our nation and our world. We are pleased to have the opportunity to be featured as a part of C-SPAN programming."
Located on Troy University's Montgomery Campus, the Rosa Parks Museum opened on Dec. 1, 2000, with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of Mrs. Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott for future generation.
Constructed on the site of the former Empire Theater, the museum has become a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery and features a permanent exhibit chronicling Rosa Parks' arrest and the subsequent bus boycott, a children's wing called the "Cleveland Avenue Time Machine," an exhibit hall, archives, an auditorium and a conference room.
The museum is located at 252 Montgomery Street in downtown Montgomery, and its hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.