National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

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  • DrKukuStr8Talk
    Montgomery, Alabama19 contributions
    An important historical marker along the way to Montgomery
    It goes without saying that this is essential education for every individual growing up in the United States. This is a small museum, and very underfunded, but overly impactful and it's educational acumen and emotional reality. You learn a lot here, and yet I was simply most impressed by the jellybean jar. You can actually see in touch what he did to us,
    Written November 7, 2021
  • Ellen F
    2 contributions
    Inspiring visit
    This was a wonderful and inspirational stop in Selma. We learned so much about the people who participated in the Civil Rights struggle in Selma and were moved deeply by the foot prints and stories that were shared. Really brought the history to life.
    Written April 28, 2021
  • Charles M
    3 contributions
    National Voting Rights Museum
    I visited this museum and found it to be very educational. There has been a lot of additional information display in the museum that I had not seen before, but knew that it existed . In 1969, upon returning to Selma after two (2) years in Vietnam, the museum did not exist, a car dealership was in the museum's present location. I think that all visitors should visiting the civil rights museum see the actual photos of the civil rights events that led to the 1964-1965 Voting Rights. Selma really would be a better tourist attraction, if the building which Dr. Martin L. King resided prior to Marching across the Edmond Pettus Bridge had been preserved. The building I am speaking of is HOTEL ALBERT. It was a magnificent hotel, but because Dr. King slept in it, the building was torn down beyond ground zero. Hotel Albert was in the exact location where the current Mayor's office is presently located. What a waste and total loss of income that was because of racism. The Wilby Movie was destroyed by fire and the movement participants did not set the building on fire, it was done by those that objected to ending segregation in Selma, the library current occupy that space. The Walton Theater was not destroyed during the 60's, it survived and is now once again a movie theater for all that wish to go and sit on the ground floor as opposed to the balcony. There is a lot of history in Selma that will not ever be placed in a history book. I am one of the original foot soldiers and a graduate of R. B. Hudson High School.
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2013
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Gary Dunavant
Birmingham, AL22 contributions
Jul 2021
When we arrived for our literally once in a lifetime visit to Selma, Alabama, we wanted to go to the National Voting rights Museum which had received good reviews on Trip Advisor. But when we arrived it was locked up and no one was there. There was a sign on the door that said it was open Monday through Thursday but on Friday and Saturday by appointment only. We were visiting on Friday. OK, I guess I should have looked at the hours on the website before we went, but really, Friday and Saturday by appointment only? I thought that perhaps there was someone I could call that could let us in, but there was not a phone number on the door. I found the museum number on its website but just got an answering machine when I called it. This was all pretty frustrating and disappointing.
Written July 24, 2021
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FlyingStew75
Homestead, FL797 contributions
Apr 2016
Great location, right off the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Small museum with lots of great pictures of the march. So glad to be here and see actual footage of Bloody Sunday.
Written April 26, 2016
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Jan M
New York City, NY13 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
I am so glad my friend & I went to the Voting Rights Museum, & its related Slavery & Civil War Museum. We were lucky to have been raised white in the north; I can't imagine how horrible it must have been to be treated so separately (& hardly equal).
The slavery re-enactment by Sam Walker at the Slavery & Civil War Museum opened my eyes & sensations to the horrific capture, transport, auction & demeaning treatment of slaves. Would that "I am a Man" signs from the '68 Memphis garbage men's strike had appeared 400 years ago to the white captors in Africa! Sam & "living legend" Annie Pearl Avery (still a civil rights activist) were wonderful--telling us their experiences with the movement. I honor their courage & tenacity. God be with them to continue telling the story, & all the others who fought for the rights of black people in this country!
Written October 1, 2014
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Geraldine J
Selma, AL45 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
The museum is a great learning experience for people of all ages it walks you though the civil rights time period and mrs. bland really know her history so come to selma and walk though history the best time to visit is during bridge crossing jubilee weekend
Written February 23, 2014
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BusterB8
Indiana134 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Good but requires a lot of reading, and actually, not much else. Other reviews speak of interesting tour guides and interesting stories told by folks at the museum. We found none of that. I think this museum could be excellent, but needs to find ways to better engage it's customers and better dramatize this very dramatic chapter in our national history.
Written April 1, 2015
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Penny W
Russellville, AR73 contributions
Mar 2015 • Business
The tour guides were great and provided lots of information about the Civil Rights and Equal Voting movements. The displays provide good information and a piece of history not often taught about in school.
Written March 25, 2015
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SAWM
UK87 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
This is run by people who are passionate about the subject and the museum. Although it may seem like the distant past it gives me a weird feeling that this was my parents' generation. The story of the civil rights movement in Selma is incredibly well told. This museum is so worth the trip I recommend it to anyone visiting Alabama.
Written May 9, 2014
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-GulfCoastNative1
Pensacola, FL142 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
The best part of this museum was the guide who witnessed first-hand the struggles of the right to vote. This man also guided the slave museum across the bridge. He's a fascinating story teller. This is a must-see for civics classes.
Written April 29, 2013
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AlexTeacherTraveler
Cincinnati, OH62 contributions
Sep 2019
This museum really brought home to me what mattered in Selma and to the community of Selma. I loved the size of the museum - not overwhelming - and the ability for the tour to focus on a) the voting history and b) who in our recent history made a positive impact. Walking the bridge? Gave me chills as I realized how the people must have felt on Bloody Sunday!
Written October 20, 2019
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pattic1222
Eau Claire, WI19 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The focus of this museum is Bloody Sunday and the March from Selma to Montgomery. It is such an important time in our nation’s history that this museum is a must see! There are several themed rooms that were well done and interesting! We enjoyed the civil conversation posters made by the University of Wisconsin-eau claire students! The people running the museum were kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Written March 23, 2018
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