Children’s Museum Houston

Meet a Real-Life Hero: Mamie King-Chalmers

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

06:00 PM

Kids can meet a real-life hero at the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite! Civil rights leader, Mamie King-Chalmers, will share what life was like for African Americans before and during the Civil Rights Movement. This “History Talks” presentation takes place during Thursday Free Family Night.

The event is part of “Wake Up and Vote:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” carried out by The Honey Brown Hope Foundation.  “Wake Up and Vote” takes a look at how far we’ve come and why we shouldn’t take for granted our right to vote.  The event will feature onsite voter registrars to register voters.

About the Programs & Activities

Mamie King-Chalmers grew up in Jim Crow South.  In 1963, when Mamie was 22, she and her family met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and joined the “Children’s Crusade” by becoming foot soldiers for the Civil Rights Movement.

Mamie was chased by dogs, beaten, and jailed under horrible conditions.  One particular photo of Mamie being hosed with two unidentified young men became a famous iconic photo.  This photo was taken by Charles Moore and gained national attention when it was featured in Time Magazine.  The photo rallied the civil rights movement and alerted the world to the horrors African Americans faced in Birmingham.

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  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Closed Sunday and Monday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.  
  • General Admission: $15 per person and $14 for seniors 65 years and older. FREE for children under one and Museum Members. Free Hours: FREE FAMILY NIGHT: Thursdays 5 pm - 8 pm.

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  • Parking fees: 1 hour - $8, 2 hours - $9, 3+ hours - $10. Metered and street parking are available around the Children's Museum Houston.

Special Offers / Dining

The Children's Museum Houston's spacious eatery, Fresh Café, offers nutritious eats and treats for any time of day! Enjoy a healthy meal with savory salads, preservative-free sandwich bread and vegetarian options prepared daily – fresh off the grill!


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