The board of the Alabama Public Historical Sites and Parks Improvement Corporation has authorized $1.2 million in bond money for a landmark voting rights center in the capitol city.
A new facility at Alabama State University will be home to the last stop on the route memorialized as the Voting Rights Trail, officials said Tuesday.
Finance Director Marquita Davis told Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard the center had been funded in 2001, but the project didn't get off the ground.
Montgomery Rep. Thad McClammy championed the proposal that would breathe new life into an old plan.
McClammy says he hopes the Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretative Center will be open by March 2015, the 50th anniversary of the historic struggle.