Past Exhibitions

Power & Beauty: Women in African Art from the Collection of Donald & Kaye Kole | January 11 - March 19

imageThe experiences of African women past and present are diverse, sophisticated, and challenging. This exhibition celebrates the variety and complexity of these experiences through representations of African women and their artistic practices. Focused primarily on historical African art forms, the works here display the impact women have made historically in African culture. From images of women’s power, spirit, and beauty to those of family and everyday life, the arts of Africa demonstrate the central place of female representations, gender concepts, and women artists in African culture.


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EO 9981: Escaping Jim Crow | November 9, 2017 - June 1, 2018

PosterDuring World War II, African American airmen served with distinction in segregated units within the Army Air Forces. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued Executive Order 9981, ending segregation in the US Armed Forces. By 1950, the Air Force led the way by integrating its units and bases, including Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Working on bases allowed black service members and civilians to escape Jim Crow laws. Rosa Parks worked as a seamstress at Maxwell and her husband, Raymond, was a barber. “You might just say Maxwell opened my eyes up,” said Mrs. Parks. “It was an alternative reality to the ugly policies of Jim Crow.” Unfortunately, discrimination delayed progress within ranks and among civilian employees. “I did not experience any unpleasant incidents, but sometimes on base there were problems with individuals,” said Rosa Parks.

The days of Jim Crow have passed. Since World War II, service men and women from all backgrounds have made remarkable achievements. Yet, the pursuit toward equality continues.


Fabric of Race

"The Fabric of Race," an exhibit by Renee Billingslea that examines racial violence and lynching in America, will open at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on April 20 with an opening reception set for 6 p.m.

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Cash Crop by Stephen Hayes

Cash Crop

The Rosa Parks Museum is thrilled to announce our newest exhibition, Cash Crop by artist Stephen Hayes. This exhibition depicts the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade as well as creates a dialogue between human rights violations of the past and present. Hayes is an artist based out of North Carolina. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and his MFA in sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. For more information on this video, please watch this video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvTcYjjbP7M. Please consider visiting the Rosa Parks Museum to see this free exhibition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Madeline Burkhardt at mburkhardt@troy.edu or 334.241.8701.

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