Ancient Africa, Enslavement & Civil War Musuem, Annie Pearl Avery, Selma, Alabama

The Ancient Africa, Enslavement, And Civil War Museum Of Selma, Alabama

The Ancient Africa, Enslavement & Civil War Museum of Selma, Alabama was established in 2002 to remind the visitors of the town the legacy of slavery, in ancient and modern times, and how it’s inhumanity should never again be allowed to be inflicted on others in America and around the world.

This musuem is a sister musuem of the National Voting Rights Musuem and Institute in Selma, Alabama.

The museum shows exhibits on slavery in Ancient Africa, slavery in the United States, particularly how enslaved African American men and women were counted as a fifth of a person, and the disenfranchisement of African Americans through the Jim Crow Laws restricting voting rights and the mandatory segregation of private and public facilities.

Author’s Note:

Annie Pearl Avery, a Civil Rights and “Bloody Sunday” veteran who worked with Martin Luther King, Junior, currently works for the museum.

Ancient Africa, Enslavement & Civil War Musuem, Annie Pearl Avery, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, U.S. Library of Congress

Annie Pearl Avery – “Bloody Sunday” Veteran and Civil Rights Activist Of Selma, Alabama

Annie Pearl Avery, was a civil rights activist that was born and raised in Pittsburg, Pennslyvania. In the 1960s, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and got to work directly with Martin Luther King, Junior, John Lewis, and other Civil Rights activists. Annie Pearl Avery was present, arguing with police, on “Bloody Sunday” and was prevented from crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Currently, Annie Pearl Avery works at the Ancient Africa, Enslavement & Civil War Musuem of Selma, Alabama.

Annie Pearl Avery with John Rankin in Selma, Alabama.

On May 31, 2011 Joseph Mosnier conducted an oral history interview of Ann Pearl Avery which is part of the U.S. Library of Congress Records.