Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Rosa Parks An Inspiration for a Movement

Rosa Parks: An Inspiration for a Movement, October 11, 2018 - January 4, 2019

The courageous act of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery city bus on December 1, 1955, sparked the 382-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Poll taxes, discrimination, and deadly racial violence that disenfranchised African Americans was countered with a 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery by about 3,200 protesters who demanded fairness in voter registration.  Unfair wages and unsafe work conditions led Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to seek economic justice for striking sanitation workers in Memphis.  Each of these historic events have insprired peaceful protests all over the world--from Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square, from Kent State to Jackson State, and from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick.  Tell us how you are inspired to make positive social change for justice and equality: #RosaParksMuseum, @RosaParksMuseum.


"Break Glass: A Conversation to End Hate" by artist V.L. Cox | April 19, 2018 - September 6, 2018

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The Rosa Parks Museum is excited to announce the opening of our summer exhibition, "Break Glass: A Conversation to End Hate" by artist V.L. Cox. The End Hate Project is a narrative body of work that looks at our history of discrimination, gender issues, and social culture. The powerful pieces convey messages that are aggressive, violent, disturbing, irreverent, and even humorous--but all show us as a society where we’ve been before and where we cannot allow ourselves to go again.

Cox's recent work has been highly active in projects that involve human rights and equality. In 2015, she launched her National "End Hate" Installation Series, an anti-discrimination series that was placed twice on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol and at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This series employs authentic and found objects that create a visceral presentation commenting on raw emotions and relevant human rights issues that continue to be important topics in the 21st century. The work sets in motion strong emotions. Her creations are powerful, imaginative, and unprecedented in style. Cox has a keen and sensitive eye for three-dimensional detail and its impact on all aspects of design and composition in a work of art. In the eyes of the observers, Cox's paintings combine composition and depth, which are powerful and compel the viewer to interact with the artwork.

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Power & Beauty: Women in African Art from the Collection of Donald & Kaye Kole | January 11 - March 19, 2018

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. 

Visit the Savannah African Art Museum to experience over 1,000 objects in the Donald and Kay Cole Collection:

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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.

The Fabric of Race

Shirts of Victims "The Fabric of Race," an exhibit by artist 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 in Durham, North Carolina. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University and his Masters in Fine Arts in sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. For more information on the artist, please watch this video on YouTube: