A House Full of History
A house in Selma, Alabama, where Martin Luther King, Jr., planned a famous civil rights march will soon be open to the public. The house will be moved to Michigan to be part of a history museum called Greenfield Village.
Jawana Jackson, who grew up in the house, sold it to the museum so it could be recognized for its part in the civil rights movement. In 1965, when Jackson was 4 years old, King and other civil rights leaders arrived at the house to plan a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Jackson’s parents had offered King, an old friend, the use of their home because they knew his work would be important to Jawana’s future.
“[Jawana] and children in this country and all around the world … deserve a better, a more even, a more just society. Whatever we can do to support you, we’re here,” Sullivan Jackson told King, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Thousands of people took part in three marches from Selma to Montgomery. These events helped lead U.S. lawmakers to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protected voting rights for Black Americans.
People will be able to visit the home where these marches were planned after it is moved to the museum in Michigan. Jawana Jackson says she wants the public to be able to see where King did some of his most important work.
“It became increasingly clearer to me that the house belonged to the world,” Jackson told the Associated Press.
Greenfield Village is a history museum in Michigan that contains more than 80 historic structures. Soon, the Jackson home will be one of them. Officials are dismantling the home so it can be transported to Michigan, where it will be rebuilt. Once open to the public, the home will contain some of King’s neckties and pants, as well as furnishings dating back to 1965.
The home is expected to open in the next three years.