A taste of America I AM

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2009

When you walk into this truck parked on the Wal-Mart lot in Selma, you walk into the past.

A sign reads “colored waiting room”; a pair of combat boots worn by an African-American soldier during World War II; a communal trough slave children ate from during the 1800s.

The SuperTruck inundates the senses. American I AM: The African American Imprint is 20,000 square feet of moveable museum.

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And as much as the people who tour this exhibit take, they will also have the opportunity to give by sharing their thoughts and histories in the exhibit’s video booth, said Caryn Fuller, a worker at the exhibit.

The truck has made its impression.

“We need more like this,” said Mike Jernigan of Selma. “I’m just glad I wasn’t born then.”

Edward Kidd believes the exhibit will give young people the opportunity to ask questions about their past. Children will put artifacts together with time, Kidd said, making the history real.

Last year the tour bus hit 40 cities; this year more may line up. The truck goes out during the summer months and early fall. Most of the stops are in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.