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ASU Signs General Agreement with National Park Service

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Apr 13, 2018

Alabama State University moves one step closer to opening interpretive center

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Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross signed a General Agreement on April 12 with the National Park Service (NPS); which allows ASU and the NPS to move into the implementation stage of their partnership of the $5 million interpretive center located on ASU’s campus.

“Today is a great day for ASU and the National Parks Service,” Ross said. “A lot of hard work has gone in to this project. Our National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture has been working extremely hard to ensure that the history and exhibits are put together for the Selma to Montgomery March, which will be housed in this interpretive center.”

The Center at ASU, which honors the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March and the heroes, martyrs and foot-soldiers who made history happen, will have exhibits to tell the story of the voting rights march, with a focus on the roles of ASU and the city of Montgomery. It will be the third and final center on the National Historic Trail, established by Congress in 1996.

According to Dr. Janice Franklin, dean, University Library & Learning Resources, the agreement gets ASU and the NPS one step closer to the opening of Montgomery's venue.

“The signing of this agreement is a critical milestone for the Montgomery Interpretive Center, as it propels us into the implementation phase of the MIC project,” Franklin said. “As stakeholders, we will have an opportunity to build on our relationship with the NPS and further our mission of teaching and learning at ASU. We look forward to full implementation of the site as we continue our partnership with NPS.”

The center is located in front of The ASU Stadium, which is a short walk from the one-time home of civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy and from the birth home of singer Nat King Cole.

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