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Civil rights leaders, movement featured in exhibit at East Texas Oil Museum

“The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement,” runs through Dec. 12.

KILGORE, Texas — Iconic faces of the civil rights movement light up the small but powerful exhibit at the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College. 

"There's many different civil rights movements talked about including the March on Washington, Rosa Parks, March on Selma," Olivia Moore, manager of East Texas Oil Museum, said. "Just different pieces and parts of the civil rights movement that collaboratively is a very empowering and powerful exhibit."

The exhibit, “The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement" is featured now through Dec. 12 at the museum. 

The exhibit highlights leaders of the civil rights such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Rosa Parks. 

"We do normally talk about African American History through the month of February, but it's such an important story to tell that we felt that it would benefit the folks of East Texas, to bring it to East Texas when it would be available and that would be right now," Moore said. 

Bringing the exhibit to the museum was made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas, and the Texas affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, according to our partners at the Longview News-Journal

"Again it was a collaboration of many museums, so as you look at the imagery each museum is credited with the photos that were courtesy of them," she said.

You can visit the museum online by visiting their website

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