Alabama State's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African-American Culture has been awarded nearly $1 million in new grant money to assist it in building Montgomery's upcoming Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center, which will be located on the ASU campus.
Dr. Janice Franklin, director of ASU's National Center, announced at a public hearing for the project that $800,000 in new grant money has been awarded to it by the State of Alabama for the building of the new museum.
Franklin said that this new award comes on top of a $1.2 million grant that was received a month ago from the Alabama Department of Conservation.
"These new grant funds of $800,000 and our recent positive public hearing about infrastructure plans for the project place the city of Montgomery one step closer in seeing the opening of Alabama's newest historic tourist attraction and museum (Montgomery's new Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center), which will be located near the New Hornet Stadium at ASU," Franklin said.
She said Montgomery's new civil rights interpretive center will tell the poignant story of how Dr. King, John Lewis and countless other brave souls stood up for the U. S. Constitution, rallied and marched for equality and justice so that everyone in America would have the right to vote.
Last week, ASU's National Center held a public hearing regarding a $500,000 grant application request to the Alabama Department of Transportation to fund the first infrastructure improvements needed for the new Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center. The meeting was successful, Franklin said and was held without any public dissent regarding the first infrastructure project scheduled for it, which is a parking lot.
Franklin said that the goal of the project is to have the new interpretative center built and open in Montgomery by the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, which is March, 2015.
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