ALBANY, GA (WALB) –
Behind the walls of the Albany Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) is a lot of history and on Thursday night, the focus was on a specific moment that impacted generations of South Georgians, the Camilla Massacre.
Almost 150 years ago, nearly a dozen freedmen were killed and another 30 injured during a political rally in Mitchell County.
Frank Wilson, the executive director for the ACRI, led a discussion about the massacre as part of the institute’s monthly community night.
Wilson said events like these teach new Georgians the history of the area and gives them a chance to explore everything the museum has to offer.
“A lot of times folks say, ‘Wow this is my first time here.’ They are interested in knowing what’s behind these doors. I tell them you have to pay to do that so it does create an interest and foot traffic for us so that is our mission, to get folks through the doors and share this history to the community,” said Wilson.
Wilson said people often don’t know their history and understanding what happened in the past is crucial to moving forward in the future
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