March Museum Expands Days Open at ASU Site!

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Photo of the NPS Montgomery Interpretive Center on the ASU campus (photo by David Campbell/ASU).

Where History is Made:

ASU's Selma to Montgomery March NPS Interpretive Center Expands its Hours of Operation 

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that its Montgomery Interpretive Center (MIC), located on the campus of Alabama State University will soon be open six days a week, Monday - Saturday/9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., effective Jan. 29. The MIC showcases the student involvement in the pivotal 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, the facility has operated on an abbreviated schedule.  
Shirley Baxter, an NPS supervisory park ranger with the Montgomery National Historic Trail and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, shared that the Park Service is pleased to be able to expand the MIC's operating hours so the public may have more opportunities to visit the Center that honors the Selma to Montgomery March, especially the involvement of Alabama State and other students in the historic event. The March, led by John Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the catalyst for the United States Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act that ensured Black citizens in Alabama and nationwide had the right to vote.  
 
"We are most happy to expand the Montgomery Interpretive Center's hours of operation because it allows the growing number of civil rights movement tourists and others to view the site at Alabama State University, as well as its counterpart in Lowndes County," Baxter said, from her Tuskegee office. "The Selma Interpretive Center that is located near the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, which was the site of the first attempted march referred to as 'Bloody Sunday,' will remain closed due to construction."
 
Both the ASU and the Lowndes County visitor centers offer an information desk staffed with an NPS ranger, a bookstore, exhibits and history-related gift items. NPS officials advised that visitors should check the organization’s websites for information about seasonal and holiday exceptions to being open, such as closures for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
 
"We are also most appreciative of the leadership and foresight shown by our acting superintendent, Dr. Barbara Tagger, who decided to expand our hours open, which is all about the NPS better serving the public. We also thank ASU President Quinton Ross for the University's support and assistance over the years," Baxter concluded.
For more NPS site information: visit the NPS websites at www.nps.gov/semo and www.nps.gov/tuai or @SelmaToMontgomeryNationalHistoricTrail on Facebook.
 
ASU's news media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
 
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