MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate what would have been Mrs. Parks' 104th birthday on Saturday with free tours, musical and theatrical performances and birthday cake.
The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, located at 252 Montgomery St., on the Troy University Montgomery Campus.
"Mrs. Parks was an American hero and the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery 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."
Troy University theatre student Adira Burton of Gautier, Miss., will portray Mrs. Parks during performances at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Museum's auditorium. Trebled Soul, a student a capella group from Alabama State University, will perform at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the St. Paul's AME gospel choir at 1 p.m. Local musician Gabe Carter also will be performing on the African drums from noon until 2 p.m.
In addition to free tours and entertainment, visitors can take part in arts and crafts projects from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and tour a 1950s-era Montgomery City Bus. For additional information, contact the museum at 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.