Dr. Bell introduced new courses on public history. Helped students land internships at some of Savannah’s coolest historical sites—including Fort Pulaski and the Georgia State Railroad Museum. And took students to the Old Slave Mart Museum and to Drayton Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.
For many, it was their first time setting foot on a plantation or walking inside a slave cabin. Dr. Bell remembers the stunned silence.
“Students have breakthroughs when they’re exposed to history. In those moments, you know they’re learning,” she says.
Today, Dr. Bell is the director of Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, which educates the public about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement. In her new role, Dr. Bell wants to make the museum a forum that sparks conversations on race and civil rights. And gives the past the power to make a better future. Seriously Impressive.