Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate what would have been the Civil Rights icon’s 110th birthday on Feb. 4 with free admission to the museum and Children’s Wing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and activities throughout the day.
The 1950s-era Montgomery City Bus will be onsite and available for viewing from noon to 3 p.m., and arts and crafts activities will be provided for children from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Beginning at 10 a.m., mini birthday cupcakes will be available while supplies last.
Duron Hale will provide live music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum’s atrium.
Story time with Wanda Battle will also be held, beginning at 10 a.m. in the museum’s auditorium.
“We hope all will join us for this special birthday celebration as we honor the life and legacy of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” said Donna Beisel, the museum’s Director of Operations. “Mrs. Parks is, of course, most notably remembered for the stance she took aboard a Montgomery city bus, her arrest and the subsequent bus boycott, but she was an activist throughout her lifetime. As we celebrate what would be her 110th birthday, we want to remember all of her contributions to the fight for justice and civil rights.”
The program is made possible through a generous grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance.
Located on the University’s Montgomery Campus on the spot of Mrs. Parks’ historic 1955 arrest, the Rosa Parks Museum opened on Dec. 1, 2000, with the mission of interpreting the story and lasting legacy of Mrs. Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott for future generations. Constructed on the site of the former Empire Theater, the museum has become a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery and annually draws visitors from throughout the country and around the world.