App State, Toledo teams take in Civil Rights history

App State, Toledo teams take in Civil Rights history
(Source: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl staff)
(Source: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl staff)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Players from Appalachian State University and the University of Toledo spent Thursday morning visiting museums in historic downtown Montgomery.

Both teams were scheduled to visit the Rosa Parks Museum, but App State opted to go to the Civil Rights Memorial instead since players got a chance to go to the Rosa Parks exhibit during last year's Camellia Bowl visit.

Appalachian State wide reviewer Dante Jones said his second visit to Montgomery has been just as educational as the first.

"This isn't one of those bowl games where you go to party," Jones said. "You come here and learn and meet people."

Jones said he had learned some of the things in the museum in school, but being at the museum in Montgomery is different.

For Toledo cornerback Jordan Martin, it's all about the vibe.

"The vibe here is just different," Martin said. "You have to experience it for yourself. Everyone, no matter what your race is, should experience it."

Martin said seeing the re-enactment of Rosa Parks' monumental refusal to give up her bus seat touched him because he didn't realize the extent of the situation.

Players from both teams said being in such a historic city, where so many important events occurred, was a highlight of their time in Montgomery.

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