This display representing the freedom rides of the summer of 1961, which some mark as the opening of the nation’s battle for Civil Rights, is seen at the Albany Civil Rights Museum. (File photo)
The Albany Civil Rights Institute exhibits Albany’s history of leadership in the fight for civil rights. The museum at 326 Whitney Ave. displays through visual, audio and digital technology information and artifacts of the Albany Civil Rights Movement, which drew the nation’s attention in 1961-62. The institute tells the stories of ordinary people who became agents of change in segregated times.
FREEDOM SINGERS: The Freedom Singers from the Civil Rights Movement perform at the museum 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on second Saturdays of each month. The performance is free with paid admission for non-members.
MONTHLY COMMUNITY NIGHT: On the fourth Thursday nights of the month, the ACRI has individuals who have had an impact on civil rights come in to speak to the community. Speakers have included Judge Herbert E. Phipps, Elder William Harris, Ms. Evelyn Moore-Cookley, Rev. Gloria W. Wright, Mr. Lucius Holloway and Captain Eddie Jones of the Albany Police Department.
The essentials on the Albany Civil Rights Institute:
- Executive Director, Frank Wilson, (interim)
- Location, 326 W. Whitney Ave.
- Museum Administrator, Irene L. Turner
- Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays
- Admission: $2, preschooler; $3, 1st-4th grader; $5, student, military and senior; $6, adult; free, ACRI members and children under 4 years
- Contact (229) 432-1698
- Website: www.albanycivilrightsinstitute.org