The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center needs you to open your checkbook, hold a yard sale, or raid your child's college fund. Anything to help you make a donation.
I know I said that I wasn't going to blog anymore this weekend due to a wedding anniversary celebration, but then I opened the mailbox and found a letter from the Museum board:
The Museum is in urgent need of your assistance once again. … The doors of the historical church have been open for the last three months with programs and activities. Officially, today is the first day the Museum is open for viewing. However, we are in danger of losing the building to an “anonymous buyer.” The United Methodist Church has informed us that someone else is interested in purchasing the building and is ready to present them with a check for the entire $75,000. To date we have raised $42,500 for the purpose of purchasing and sustaining the museum.
Let us remind you that the church stood empty until the Foundation became interested in it for the purpose of the Museum.
We are concerned that the only reason the “anonymous buyer” is interested in the church is to keep the Museum out.
Please help us tell the “Scottsboro Boys” story. It is not just a story for African Americans but for everyone that believes in the truth and everyone that has ever benefited from a fair trial.
Send contributions to:
The Scottsboro Boys museum and Cultural Center
PO Box 1557
Scottsboro, AL 35768
The Museum's main organizer, Shelia Washington, could lose a decades-long dream that began when she sneaked into her parents' room to read a book about the Scottsboro Boys trial. She vowed that she would one day make sure the whole story was told and the boys remembered.
“From 17 years old until now, it's been my dream to have a museum to honor the Scottsboro Boys. To think about the positive side of how it effected change to the Constitution and affected all our lives. We're not focusing on any bad things. We're going after the change this case brought about.”
Please consider making a contribution ASAP to help Shelia, help the Museum board, and help us all to remember “what our historical past is so that we don't repeat it” – in the words of board member and fellow blogger at Watch For Snakes in Scottsboro, Garry Morgan.