On Tour in Dallas County: National Voting Rights Museum and Institute - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

On Tour in Dallas County: National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

A part of America's history is on display in Dallas County. The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute offers visitors the opportunity to learn what led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Each picture that hangs on the wall and each display that sits in a corner tells a story of a change that started in Dallas County.

"What we do here is so important to this nation and the world, to house this kind of history," said museum representative Angela Brown.

The museum opened in Selma 15 years ago. It's a way to document a time when many people were not allowed to vote.

'really as ironic as we talk about it today it was a very painful part of history. When you make someone either count the number of feathers on a chicken which was their literacy test, the number of bubbles on a bar of soap," said Brown.

But the death of a young Civil Rights protestor, Jimmy Jackson, was the turning point that brought national attention to the town of Selma and a march that was known as Bloody Sunday.

"People decided to come back to Selma and began to organize and doing this march from Selma to Montgomery in honor of him," said Brown.

The march brought in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other well known Civil Rights leaders.

The museum is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-  5:00 p.m. It's open Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Parents make heartbreaking decision over son with autism

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:10:16 GMT
    KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)KMOV has chosen not to identify him by name or show pictures of what he currently looks like. (Credit: Wallens)

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>

    A parent's love knows no bounds. But what happens when you truly believe your child is going to harm himself or someone else? One family tells News 4 they made a heartbreaking decision about their son with autism, all because they felt they had no other options. 

    More >>
  • Neighborhood kids stop alleged abduction attempt

    Neighborhood kids stop alleged abduction attempt

    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:43 AM EDT2017-05-25 09:43:50 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:43 AM EDT2017-05-25 09:43:50 GMT

    A criminal complaint says a 27-year-old man grabbed a little girl by the wrists and took her down the street.

    More >>

    A criminal complaint says a 27-year-old man grabbed a little girl by the wrists and took her down the street.

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Kirbyville High School principal resigns, then shoots, kills self in parking lot

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:31:33 GMT

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>

    Following his resignation Tuesday afternoon, the principal of Kirbyville High School walked out his truck, where he apparently shot and killed himself, according to police.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly