Now through Monday, Dec. 30, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site is hosting “Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces that Changed a Nation,” an interactive traveling exhibit helping to celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial.
This exhibit recounts eight Alabama-based, landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases — collectively involving issues of civil rights, equal protection, city zoning and prayer in public schools. They include well-known cases such as the Scottsboro Boys and Ollie’s Barbecue, as well as lesser-known cases concerning Mobile County Public Schools, Maxwell Air Force Base and Tuskegee. These cases all had national implications in the interpretation of federal laws that still endure today.
Visitors will encounter both arguments of the cases, hear audio from the rulings and see original photographs concerning the cases. Dr. Steven Brown, a professor of political science at Auburn University, collaborated with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Backstory Educational Media to create this multimedia exhibit as a companion to Brown’s forthcoming book.
Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public in the university’s George Washington Carver Museum during its regular operating hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The university’s significance in our nation’s history has twice been celebrated by the U.S. Department of the Interior: first, in 1966, when it became the first HBCU designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark; and again in 1974, when it became the nation’s only HBCU designated as a National Historic Site. Since then the National Park Service has operated and offered tours of campus historic destinations that include the George Washington Carver Museum; The Oaks, the home of Booker T. Washington; and the nearby Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
For more information, call 334-727-3200 or visit www.nps.gov/tuin.
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