Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate what would have been the Civil Rights icon’s 109th birthday on Feb. 4 with free admission to the museum and Children’s Wing and activities throughout the day.
The 1950s-era Montgomery City Bus will be onsite and available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and arts and crafts activities will be provided for children throughout the day. Beginning at 10 a.m., mini birthday cupcakes will be available while supplies last.
Duron “OK Ron!” Marquis Hale will provide live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum’s atrium.
Story time with Wanda Battle will also be held, beginning at 10 a.m.
Montgomery resident Ann Clemons, who runs the tour guide service Triple E Group Services, will portray Mrs. Parks in “The Life and Legacy of Rosa Parks.” Clemons’ presentation seeks to educate audiences to Mrs. Parks legacy as an activist beyond her arrest and involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
“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 Assistant Director. “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 109th birthday, we want to remember all of her contributions to the fight for justice and civil rights.”