Collections and Exhibitions

The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture possesses a large collection of historical documents of all media types available for research into the modern Civil Rights Movement and Montgomery’s role in the past and into the present. In addition to its historical collections, the National Center houses a unique collection of African-American themed art. And lastly, in order to provide a comprehensive research network, the National Center has networked with many Civil Rights and archival groups and projects across the nation.

Over time, the National Center and Alabama State University have collected an extensive collection of historical documents and media. Within this collection are rare African American books, the University’s records, African American journals, photos, and memorabilia.

In addition to research and preservation, the National Center also supports a strong visual arts program. It is a frequent host to traveling exhibits, as well showcasing its own collection of art.

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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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