Students to see traveling civil rights exhibit

Joseph Postiglione


The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute exhibition Courage under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus, is on the move. {}The BCRI exhibit will be on display October 15 through November 15, 2012, at City Hall in Pell City. This exhibition is aimed at enhancing Pell City School students' understanding of the state's role in the civil rights history of our nation.{}The exhibition contains photographs taken by Anniston Star reporter Joseph Postiglione, documenting the attack on a bus of groups of interracial travelers on a journey from Washington, D.C., to protest segregationist interstate transportation laws. As they reached the Deep South, many travelers were badly beaten. Postiglione's photographs brought national attention to the horrific event. {}As part of its mission to promote civil and human rights worldwide through education, BCRI uses traveling exhibitions as another way to teach people about the struggle for civil rights.{}"BCRI is dedicated to expanding its reach well beyond Alabama borders. Traveling exhibitions give us a good opportunity to do that," said Ahmad Ward, BCRI Head of Education. "They allow us to talk about what happened with those around the country and share with others that may not be as familiar with the history."{}The primary audiences for the exhibitions are Pell City school students, who will be transported to City Hall to see the exhibition.{}