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Our Mission

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is an active memorial to the life of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and the lessons of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that brought racial integration to transportation and international attention to civil rights. Located in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, at the site where Mrs. Parks was arrested, it is the nation’s only museum dedicated to Rosa Parks. Our mission is to honor her legacy and that of the boycott by providing a platform for scholarly dialogue, civic engagement and positive social change.
 
The museum’s collection contains a number of historically significant artifacts including the original fingerprint arrest record of Mrs. Parks, a bus from the 1955 fleet of Montgomery city buses, original works of art including statuary and quilts, court documents and police reports and a restored 1955 station wagon used to transport boycotters.
 
The Rosa Parks Museum:

  • Collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts relevant to the life and lessons of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Provides educational programs and scholarly resources for K-12, adult and lifelong learners.
  • Reaches diverse audiences through a number of annual events and temporary exhibits designed to educate those who visit the museum, raise social consciousness, encourage cultural appreciation and acceptance and promote peace.

 
In addition, the museum promotes tourism and economic development in the state of Alabama. Since its opening, the museum has been an important cornerstone in the redevelopment of downtown Montgomery.

Visitor Experience

Within the exhibits and artifacts found inside our museum, you’ll learn more about the people behind the boycott as well as the political and social climates of 1950s Montgomery. You’ll peer into the faces and hear the voices of brave men and women who fought for freedom peacefully and effectively. Through our exhibits, you will catch a glimpse of a time gone by… of a segregated South of the past, and you will get an up-close view at the important roles that strategy, interracial partnerships and women played within the movement.
 
Come witness Rosa Parks’ arrest, sit on a 1955 Montgomery public bus, attend a mass meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church and learn for yourself how a group of willing men and women—the Montgomery Improvement Association—fueled the resolve of a movement with just 19 station wagons. While traveling through time, you’ll meet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and see the mass effect the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Civil Rights Movement had on the world.

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