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Events, Education & Exhibits

Current Exhibit

“From the Bell to the Bus and Beyond: Rosa Parks”


This exhibit traces the civil rights movement back through time to the civil war, when abolitionists first began to call the iconic bell, the “Liberty” bell.  Moving forward in time, the exhibit shows how following the abolition of slavery the development of Jim Crow laws necessitated the modern civil rights movement.  Rosa Parks’s story emerges from this background and then raises questions about the issue of racial justice today.  Activity books are available for children with information about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The exhibit has been updated to incorporate information about the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act attempted to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and other minority groups by outlawing discrimination in many public places. Learn about the history of the act from its beginnings under the presidency of John F. Kennedy, Jr. to the signing of it on July 2, 1964.

Events and Exhibits Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors: 

Dr. Dennis and Nanci Blankowitsch, Elaine Charron, Gerri Falk, Bill Remo, A. James and Estelle Shedlauskas, Ann Wertman, Joe Zeller