MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Before the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl teams headed to practice Thursday, they toured Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.
The Georgia Southern and Eastern Michigan football teams got a special guided tour of the museum.
“You hear a lot of this in school, but seeing it put it in a different perspective for me. I think it was a cool experience for all of us," said Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts.
“It was a nice experience to have two feet on the foundation Rosa Parks was here and got arrested at," said Ikia Calderon, who plays for Eastern Michigan.
Players were able to see the original fingerprint arrest record of Parks, a bus from the 1955 fleet of city buses and a restored 1955 station wagon used to transport those who took part in the bus boycott.
“Amazing to see how history is part of all of us. We have team full of different people. We form so well together and don’t notice the things in the past,” said Tyler LaBarbera, who also plays for Eastern Michigan.
“This makes us better. It helps us come together and brings the bond together," said Wesley Kennedy, who plays for Georgia Southern.
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