MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a collection of photographs exploring two nations divided by war-Germany and Korea-with the exhibit "Two Lines" opening April 3.
Sponsored by the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership, the photos trace the tragedy and destruction of war, along with the revival and survival of these nations, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the European Green Belt, the 25th anniversary of the removal of the Berlin Wall and the 60-year anniversary of the Korean Armistice.
The exhibit will be on display inside the museum's exhibit hall through April 30. Admission is free and open to the public.
Fifty-five photos are dedicated to the Korean War and its consequences, while 45 capture the devastation, separation and reunification of Germany. While Korea remains a divided peninsula, South Korean industry has grown exponentially in the past six decades, making it one of the world's leading industrial nations.
"With both Korean and German heavy industry in the state, Alabama is an excellent site selection for this educational and enlightening exhibit," said Jeanne Charbonneau, Two-Lines Project Manager.
Assembled by the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (GTO), the photographs toured Korea last year and will be on display in Germany beginning in August. Alabama is currently the only location in the United States where this exhibit can be seen.
The showing at the Rosa Parks Museum will be followed by a gallery showing at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.
Two community receptions are planned to celebrate the exhibit opening. The official grand opening will be Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. A veterans and military reception will be held Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Both receptions will be at the Rosa Parks Museum and are open to the public. The Deputy Consuls General from Germany and Korea will join Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and State Senators Gerald Dial and Dick Brewbaker at the grand opening. Lieutenant General Charles G. Cleveland, USAF (retired), a Korean War Fighter Ace, will be the guest speaker on Saturday at the military and veterans reception.
The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.