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As you explore each room, you will see different artifacts of immensely crucial events that had a significant impact on the Civil War. Events that you might learn about are, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Riders, Greensboro Sit-ins, the 3 Selma Marches, and most importantly, the Civil Rights Legislation that constists of the 24th Amendment, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act. Each and every event has inspired many, even the whole country. We hope that these memorable historic events will inspire you, as well.

A Rundown of Our Digital Museum

The Youth Expedition of Civil RIghts

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Room 01 (The Freedom Riders)

Room 03 (The Greensboro Sit-Ins)

Room 02 (Rosa Parks & The MBB)

Room 01

The riders' purpose was to test whether or not states were abiding by the laws that said racial discrimination and interstate transportation were illegal. A dangerous mission of theirs happened in Anniston, Alabama on the day of May 14th, 1961. They started in Washington D.C., whereas their final destination was in New Orleans, Louisiana. While they were there, they got attacked by the KKK, which is a mob that targets the racial population.The riders were beaten up, pretty badly. As a result of this violency, a law demanded by the Interstate Commerce Commision, was created so that all interstate buses had to display a certificate, stating that when boarding the vehicle, you cannot be racially discriminative.

The Freedom Riders

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The bus shown is the exact bus that the Freedom Riders were on, traveling in Anniston, Alabama; where they, unfortunately, got attacked in. Morals and street art have been inspired by this event and is plastered all over buildings as a historic memory to be reminded by!

The 3 Artifacts of The Freedom Riders

This newspaper was one of many that was written about the mindblowing event of Anniston, Alabama. I think it's safe to say that everybody that heard, was shocked about what happened. The mobs that actually attacked the riders, became exceedingly hated and unsupported; rightfully so.

As a result, the Interstate Commerce Commission demanded that all interstate buses had to display a certificate that basically said if you chose to take the bus, you couldn't and shouldn't be racist to others. Which was a great outcome, considering how much the riders went through.

Room 02

Rosa Parks was a Civil Rights icon, and her legacy still continues throughout world history. Her boycott and story became forever a legend and has inspired millions all over the world. I'm sure you've heard of this legendary woman, Rosa Parks. Parks was a compassionate person. In 1955, she was tired of being mistreated, just because of the color of her skin, she refused to give up her deserving seat on the bus. This decision alone transformed into a legendary footprint of Civil Rights. The bus boycott in Montgomery was greatly influenced by her, but was led by another legend, Martin Luther King. In advancing the Civil Rights Movement, King formed the Southern Christian Leadership Confernce (SCLC) that was dedicated to fighting Jim Crow segregation.

Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott

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The seat shown is a replica of the seat that Rosa Parks sat in, and the actual, exact bus can be seen in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The story behind this seat will forever have an effect on the Civil Rights Movement and has inspired so many!

The 3 Artifacts of Rosa Parks & The MBB

This excerpt of a newspaper that was written about the Montgomery Bus Boycott is a great example of the effect that this boycott had on the Civil Rights movement. Did you know how much of an effect this movement had? Rosa Parks also had played a major role in this movement being created, led by legend, Martin Luther King!

This photograph is one of many that shows how passionate the people participating in the movement, were in making a statement of not boarding the buses until they achieved their goal. Their determination and dedication was such an inspiraiton and aspired many to join the movement, as well.

Room 03

These sit-ins is a great exanple of a non-violent, fair protest that achieved an amazing goal. On February 1st, 1960, 4 highscoolers had a purpose of sitting in at lunch counters and sit there until they were finally served or arrested since the employee refused to serve people of race. The number of people participating in the sit-ins quickly increased, which is a great example of how inspiring and dedicated these group of highschoolers were! The protest then soon spread to other locations across town, such as supermarkets, swimming pools, really anywhere that was segregated. Because of these sit-ins, the economy and profits were quickly going downhill. Business people finally decided to choose peace and to save sales.

The Greensboro Sit-Ins

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These lunch counters were where this whole protest began. This photograph shows how people of color were being refused to serve and how they held their head up high and stayed determined to get what they wanted. Their dedication was what led others into joining the protest, which is amazing!

The 3 Artifacts of The Greensboro Sit-Ins

This menu of the lunch counter is a great artifact of the actual place where this protest took place. The F. W. Woolworth Lunch Counter! Seeing a replica of the physical copy of what an actual menu looked like really puts things into perspective. This was a little while ago, which shows how long ago society was still so strong and determined in fighting for their rights!

From what we've learned about so far, what can we ask ourselves? How long this protest lasted? Did it spread to other locations? Well, yes it did! This photograph is one of many that shows the protest spreading to other locations across Greensboro that were still segregated. This community was so strong and dedicated, which is what led others to participate, as well.