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.