Civil Rights Activist Opens Home as a Museum for the Public

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Annie Abrams is a retired educator here  in Little Rock – who has spent more than 50 years fighting for social justice. And today – she was able to sit down and show people her home – and pieces of history she’s collected throughout her life.

At 86 years young, Annie Abrams has paved the way.”I’m an activist and also a futurist,” says Abrams. “It’s just a continuation of what I’ve been doing for the last 75 years.” Abrams has been a pivotal part of Little Rock history –  a leader in the renaming  of martin luther king, junior  boulevard, the integration of central high school – and the first parade in Martin Luther King, Jr.  honor. “She’s the founder of that and it’s not the parade is the marade.”  

Inside her home – she shares memories from her past. “Everything you see on the wall, on the shelf, on the table is because I kept it,” says Abrams.

Pieces of history – from books, pins to awards Abrams has received during her lifetime spanning eight decades. “Daisy Bates and I went to the inaugural of president Bill Clinton,” says Abrams. “We’re sitting at her feet today, we’ve been doing this all of her life, she been moving and traveling and she’s been a mover and a shaker,” says Phyllis Hodges, an author and friend of Abrams.

Abrams house she’ still calls home until this day – will operate as a museum Monday through Friday. “We thought it would be a great idea to identify two iconic milestones, and partner it together to make a great partnership,” says Dushun Scarbrough, with the MLK, Jr. Commission.

So people all across the country can stop in, to learn the history. “There’s a reason streets have names, there’s a reason trees have names.” She’s seen firsthand. “We all need to be doing what I’m doing save your heritage,” says Abrams.

Abrams is opening her home up on the corner of Wolfe and Charles Bussey to anyone who wants to stop in to visit. She will also be honored in the marade tomorrow for the MLK Jr. holiday.

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