In the link above is a map I created detailing five of the Civil Rights Movement monuments that can be found in Montgomery, Alabama. In each of the pinpoints on the map there is the location, the name of the place, why I recommend visiting and a quick tidbit of the place’s history or the artifacts it possesses.
I created this map because, from my past experiences, two of which can be found in previous blog posts, it is evident that while we have come drastically forward from Jim Crowe laws, we still have a ways to go until ignorance on racism is extinguished.
Montgomery is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, so naturally there are quite a few monuments to be found.
The Rosa Parks Museum and Memorial includes a number of artifacts, including six distinct areas. The museum features a restored “Rolling Church,” a life size figure of Rosa Parks and her infamous bus seat and a children’s wing that aims to get kids involved in learning about the Civil Rights Era. More information can be found in the link below.
The Alabama State Capitol is not only Alabama’s current state headquarters, but a monument of history. A key place in fighting for Civil Rights, the Capitol was a place of controversy. In 1961 the governor raised a Confederate flag over the building, marking a Civil War era. The flag remained there even after an episode in 1988 where African American legislators and NAACP members tried to remove it and were arrested. In 1993, by court mandate, the flag was taken down and replaced by the American flag. More information can be found below.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church was presided over by Vernon Johns and the world famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was also a meeting place for the organization of the Montgomery Bus boycotts. More information is in the link below.
The Alabama Department of Archives and History features exhibits dedicated to the Selma to Montgomery March. It has archives containing more Civil Rights Movement information. Unrelated, it has an exhibit dedicated to Alabama Native Americans throughout the state’s history. Information is below.
The Civil Rights Memorial, sponsored by Southern Poverty Law, is dedicated to 40 individuals who gave their lives to the Civil Rights cause. The monument details significant dates during the Civil Rights era from 1954 to 1968, coinciding with the supreme court case of Brown v. Board decision and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The link is below.