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ASU to be home to new civil rights interpretive center

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ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd signs a memorandum of understanding with the National Parks Service (Source: WSFA 12 News) ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd signs a memorandum of understanding with the National Parks Service (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A big announcement involving civil rights history was held Monday on the campus of Alabama State University. The National Parks Service, along with ASU leaders and U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Dist. 7) gathered to discuss the 1965 Voting Rights Act and what happened in Montgomery.

Leaders then signed a memorandum of understanding between ASU and the National Parks Service to build a civil rights interpretive center. The new center will be building near the football stadium.     

The Center would be a third in this area and it would tell the civil rights stories of what happened in Montgomery to gain voting rights for African Americans.     

There are already interpretive centers in Dallas and Lowndes counties that tell about the events that happened there.

The new ASU facility would discuss the march up Dexter Avenue in 1965, the role ASU students played in events in the capital city and other historic locations in Montgomery that tell the local civil rights story.

There had been some talk of other Montgomery locations getting the Center, including the former St. Jude School location, which was a camp site for marchers, but the Parks Service says ASU won the vote.

Once it is open, ASU students will help run the facility and tell the story of the historic events that happened in Montgomery.

The groundbreaking is set for September and completion is expected by August 2015.

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