November 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Teen visits dress that helped bridge racial divide at Rights Museum

Mareshia Rucker views her prom dress on display at Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg on Monday, November 24, 2014

Tamara Forlanski
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WINNIPEG – A young African-American woman who organized the first racially integrated prom in her community is in Winnipeg to tour the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Mareshia Rucker’s prom dress is on display in the museum’s Inspiring Change gallery.

In 2013 Rucker planned the prom for her high school in Wilcox County in Georgia. Until then the community held segregated proms.

“A lot of people have no idea that things like this still happen, still exist,” said Rucker.

She says she has been overwhelmed by Canada’s generosity.

“You all are so seriously amazing,” “it is so welcoming, it makes me feel so warm inside”

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