National Center Annex

Since it was established in 1997, the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture has had more than 20,000 visitors from across the United States and around the world experience its unique offerings. To help fulfill the mission of the National Center, the Annex was opened in 2001 to host programs, display collections, and present a number of rotating exhibits. Located close to historic Alabama State University, the Annex serves as a gathering place for a variety of guest lectures, events for all ages, and unique opportunity to view the Center’s unique artistic collection.

Business Hours

Monday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
Thursday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Closed for home football games)
Closed Sunday

Telephone: (334) 229-4824 or (334) 229-4106

Closed Official University Holidays

  • Thanksgiving Day and Day After
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Other official off days as mandated

In addition to the annual and special events hosted in the Annex, the Center also provides tours under the following themes:

  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It
  • Alabama State University and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • Montgomery’s Legacy to the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • The Journey to Freedom
  • Toward the “Beloved Community”
  • E. D. Nixon: The Forgotten Hero
  • Experiencing the Modern Civil Rights Movement Through Those Who Lived It
  • Guided Tour of Exhibits

Tours for Children:

  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Guided Tour of Exhibits


National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture
1345 Carter Hill Road
Montgomery, Alabama 36101

Alabama State University

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Upcoming and Recent Programs

Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series: The Mass Meetings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Awakening of Black Militancy

Keynote Speaker: Fred Gray, Civil Rights Attorney

Monday, December 3, 2018
6 p.m. | First Baptist Church, 347 N. Ripley Street

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The Colvin-Feagin Annual Communiy Art Show

Exhibit opening and artists' reception featuring local artists and live jazz.

Friday, October 5, 2018
Exhibit Dates: October 5, 2018 - January 11, 2019
1345 Carter Hill Road

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The Journey to Freedom: A Mural in Eight Parts


A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens

Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University

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