MONTGOMERY - Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus, has been honored by the Alabama House of Representatives with a joint resolution.
The resolution (HR84) was presented by Reps. Laura Hall, Alan Boothe, Chris Blackshear, James Buskey, Ralph Howard, Barbara Boyd, George Bandy, Barry Forte, Adline Clarke, Barbara Drummond, Pebblin Warren, Kelvin Lawrence, Thad McClammy, Artis A.J. McCampbell, Christopher England and John Knight of the Legislative Black Caucus. It recognized Dr. Bell for her "record of excellence" at the museum and officially welcomed her to Alabama.
"Dr. Felicia A. Bell is such a remarkable individual whose accomplishments we take pride in recognizing," the resolution said. "Since entering her esteemed position as Director of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery, Dr. Bell has secured proper housing for rare objects in the museum's collection, garnered national and international attention for the museum through major media outlets during the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and accepted a gift of rare and out-of-print African American magazines from the 1950s and 1960s on behalf of the museum. Through the years, Dr. Bell has earned respect for her tireless dedication and exceptional abilities; her outstanding record of excellence reflects tremendous credit upon Montgomery and the entire State of Alabama, and is truly deserving of special recognition."
Dr. Bell extended her gratitude to Troy University Trustee Lamar P. Higgins for suggesting the resolution and was grateful to be recognized by Legislators.
"Every day I think about Mrs. Parks and the many other women, children, and men (of various ethnic backgrounds) who suffered humiliation, sexual and physical violence, or died in the struggle for civil rights," Dr. Bell said. "I hope that I am honoring them and making them proud through my sincere efforts."
Dr. Bell joined the museum as director last June. She previously served as an assistant professor of history at Savannah State University, director of education and outreach for the United States Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C., director of education and programs for the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Ga.
Dr. Bell received her bachelor's degree in history from Savannah State University, her master's degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and her doctorate in U.S. history from Howard University.