I went on a Sunday, so it was free but I donated a couple of dollars anyway. At first I thought was going to be the usual walking around a reading a bunch of stuff with some interesting pictures to add some flavor. But then I was directed to theater where I watched a very interesting short film on how blacks contributed to the early years of Birmingham. Then this really cool thing happens. The screen goes up and behind it is the main passage into the exhibit. The exhibit includes scenes from the lives of black americans during the times of segregation. The visitors experience the settings and the sight and sounds of the civil rights movement. I don’t want to give away what else is in the exhibit but it was an awesome tour. Well worth the admission if you happen to go on a weekday.
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A very cool place. It had a pretty big collection of European art. But I was really impressed that they had a collection of pieces from the plains and west coast indians. Go variety of different types of art. Also nice volunteers working there.over 3 years ago
It’s a really peaceful place. But not really a destination. It’s good to visit along with some of the other attractions of the Cherokee Heritage Trail in the area. (Chief Vann House, Funk Heritage Center, etc.) Check out http://chieftainstrail.com/sites/index.html for other sites.over 3 years ago
The history of Petersburg spans not just to the Civil War, but also has a rich african american history. The city had one of the highest populations of freed african americans before the war. One of the first presidents of Liberia lived in the city. I think they are still studying the history of Pocahontas Island, a small black settlement on the northside of the city. Also the city also has a lot of roots in the Revolutionary War.
The city itself is suffering from economic hardships. I wish there was a better historic society that would really archive the history and better advertise the city.