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ACRI hits record visitors in January

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Civil Rights Institute Executive Director Lee Formwalt says the local civil rights museum set a single-month visitor record with 917 people passing through its doors in January.

"We're off to a good start this year," said Formwalt, "and we have more exciting programming in store for our visitors."

According to Formwalt, there are several factors accounting for the record numbers.

First, an increasing number of visitors came to the facility in 2010. In fact, more than 5,000 visitors came last year, twice the number who came in 2009.

Second, for the first time ACRI, which is closed on Mondays, opened for Martin Luther King Day last month. Formwalt said 143 people visited the institute to attend a local NAACP program honoring King and to tour the ACRI permanent exhibition.

Finally, the ACRI Monthly Community Night on Jan. 27 on the experiences of four African American students in the Class of 1967 in desegregating Albany High School was the most successful ACRI program yet with 201 people attending.

Upcoming programs include Peggy King Jorde on what it took to preserve the African Burial Ground in New York City (Feb. 24) and Charles and Shirley Sherrod on the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia (March 25).

The Sherrods' presentation will be moderated by TV1's April Ryan and will be broadcast on TV1 which is carried locally on Mediacom.

This presentation is an ACRI fundraiser and tickets ($25) will be available ahead of time at both ACRI and the Albany Welcome Center.