Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip

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Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip


A group on HEP students spent the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend visiting various sites in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.  

During the weekend, they visited the Legacy Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Selma Voting Rights Museum and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as well as the National Memorial. 

As part of the weekend's agenda, students were to asked to reflect on what they had learned and how they were impacted by their visits to the above locations, as well as discuss their reflections with other field trip participants in group sessions.

To read more about the Alabama Freedom Ride field trip, visit the student write-up in 1st edition of The Zine publication on pages 9-10.


Image of The Zine article on The Alabama Freedom Ride field trip during Martin Luther King weekend 2019. Link to full Zine issue. Article on page 9-10.

Student Reflections


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Aryanna Clark

“The Legacy Museum did a phenomenal job of visually tying common themes throughout American history, from when the first African slave was brought to America, to current issues of mass incarceration. During our time in the museums and during our group discussions, I kept thinking about all of the people that do not have this privilege to be educated on social injustice in this country.”


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Jessica Dixon

“The Honors Experience Program field trip to the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial of Peace and Justice, and Selma filled the gaps in American history that we did not have access to in our K-12 education and deeply moved me to be more aware of the ongoing racial injustices in our community and country.”


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Sneha Kapil

“The trip to Montgomery and Selma made me want to share what I learned with others. I did not realize how important the history of slavery and segregation are to current systems of mass incarceration. This experience allowed me to connect what I have learned in my Honors Experience Program classes to historical context and provided me with the opportunity to see photographs, stories, and primary sources that amplify the experience of learning about history.”


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Molly Rimes

“I found the towns of Montgomery and Selma to be the most compelling parts of the trip. Montgomery felt like it had moved on since the civil rights movement, but they had preserved all the wrong parts of history. This made me reflect on how areas across our country preserve history, and to question whether we are preserving the right parts.”

To learn more about the Alabama Freedom Ride field trip and read more student thoughts on the trip, read the student article in the first edition of The Zine online publication (pages 9-10) by FSU Honors Experience Program students.

Alabama Freedom Ride Trip-Civil Rights Quotes in Marble


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip Participants-3 students at Edmund Pettus Bridge


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip Participants-2 Students at Edmund Pettus Bridge


HEP Students Leaving Edmund Pettus Bridge


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Inam Sakinah at Edmund Pettus Bridge


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Art Exhibit Display


Alabama Freedom Ride Trip-2 Students sitting on bench at museum


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Thalia Valdes at Jubilee Gallery Display


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Tomb of the Unknown Slave


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Exhibit-Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Selma-Montgomery March Memorial


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-Civil Rights Memorial Park Wooden Bridge


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip-HEP Faculty and Student on Floor in Circle doing an activity with cards


Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip Participants at Restaurant


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