Located in Alabama, in a small, rural, complex community – rich in history, rich in poverty – the museum store that is now part of the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center, has been many years in the making. As a three-year Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) project, beginning in 2007, the Center has sought and found local area residents with locally made products to sell.
We have discovered, uncovered, and in some cases, recovered all kinds of products and people willing to release and reveal themselves, their history and creations. These relatively unknown local products and people are now situated side-by-side with more well known regional and national products and producers. They all have one thing in common – an interest in presenting Tuskegee and Macon County to the world.
With the prospect of e-commerce as a consideration, The Center hopes to sell various products and items as a means of sustaining our organization, and the people who are producers of the products found on our online shelves. The Center proudly presents visual artists Carole Bandy Carson, Ronald Scott McDowell and Homer O. Johnson; performing artists Dyann Robinson, Johnny Ford and Bill Perry; video producers Anita and William Lennard; authors Fred Gray, Bob Pasquill and Frazine Taylor; the RSVP crafters, board game producer Rick Mosley and apparel designer, Tuskegee University’s student Nicolas Carr. The Center also proudly presents art inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen that was created by artists from all over the country, especially Stan Stokes, whose work is presented on this online museum store’s home page.