Most of the visitors that came in today admired the art for its beauty. But there seemed to be a huge emphasis on the fact that Rosa parts did not give up her seat on that bus.
Many say they’re grateful. They say she changed things forever.
“Most people probably remember, but don’t get the chance to think about it from kinda a new lense,” said Thomas McArthur, of Wooster.
But each step has now made that possible. These folks feel they are looking at something special.
The exhibit, called “Back of the Bus,” displays the oritignal paintings from the book with the same title.
Floyd Cooper created this art depicting a fictional account of a little boy watching Rosa Parks saying she’s not giving up her seat on the bus, in 1955.
“What would be nice is to see art like this celebrated though out the course of the year,” said McArthur. “And for us to get to a point where we we think about our history — not just during a one-month time period.”
Javondus Jackson of Columbus, said: “It gives me the feeling that I was there. I just feel like this is actually how it went down.”
Rachael Dean says things are better now, but it’s beneficial to have discussions and exhibits about race and inequality.
“History is all about our mistakes and wins, and my kids — they’re small. This is when they’re most impressionable,” said Dean. “So, for them to see things like this, it will change who they are in twenty years.”
McCarthur added: “I think the one I love the most is the final piece there with him holding the marble up. And it’s kinda maybe a brighter day is coming.”
The exhibit will stay open though May 5th in downtown Columbus.