CHILDERSBURG, Ala. – A traveling exhibit honoring the women that supported Rosa Parks is currently on display in Childersburg
Located at the Rainwater Memorial Library in downtown Childersburg, the “Women of the Montgomery Boycott” exhibit takes you through the trials and tribulations of seven different women who stood by Ms. Parks back in the 1950s and early 60s. Specifically detailed in the display, which was created by Troy University with the help of the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, are the lives of Aurelia Browder, Claudette Colvin, Mary Louise Smith, Lucille Times, Susie McDonald, Virginia Durr, and Georgia Gilmore. These lesser-known individuals played a greater role than most realize, and this exhibit attempts to shed light on their heroics.
“It’s inspirational that at that time they would speak out,” said Susan Carpenter, Director at the Rainwater Memorial Library. “It’s not often that we are able to show this kind of history, and I think [the community] should take advantage of it and come see it now.”
The display, which involves a 12-panel showcase of archives, records, and interviews with the women, first opened at the library on Nov. 1 and runs through Friday, Nov. 19. The exhibit is interactive and utilizes smart devices to go further in-depth with the women’s history.
This informational piece follows the one held throughout the month of September which covered the life of Rosa Parks, titled “Tired of Giving In.”
“There were a lot of stories with Rosa Parks, just with this being here, that I learned about and did not know,” Carpenter said. “It highlighted her husband and her family life growing up.”
The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m.