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'Community nights' coming to Civil rights Museum

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Albany Civil Rights institute is planning more programs and events to attract more visitors.

New Executive Director Lee Formwalt is starting a monthly community night series during which guest speakers will discuss struggles and successes of African Americans.    

It's a way to encourage repeat visitors to the Civil Rights Institute.

"We thought that one of the things that was lacking in the museum was a real serious effort at program," said Formwalt.  "Once people come and see the magazine, how do you get them to come back?  You can only see the museum so many times before they tire of the same exhibition, so public programming is one way to resolve that issue."

 The first community night will be February 25th at 7:30.  It will focus on Lena Baker from Cuthbert, the only African American woman executed by the state of Georgia in the electric chair.    

She was pardoned in 2005 decades after her death.  Community nights are free and will take place the last Thursday of each month.


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