Montgomery, Alabama is a rich historical city. Men and women marched and protested for their civil rights in this very city. The first White House of the Confederate South was located in Montgomery. On a spur of the moment trip, my family drove to see the sights in the famous southern city.
Arriving in Montgomery, I grew breathless with the historical context that was held before me. I felt the presence of the people who stood together to make a difference in this country. Each of the actions these individuals took, whether good or bad, left an imprint on American history. So, to mark their valiant efforts, here are some of the historical monuments we saw, the same places you could see if you visit for yourself.
(Rosa Park’s bus. Photo by Robin)
(Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Photo by Robin)
Rosa Parks did not sit to make a difference in the civil right movement. But when a bus driver asked her to give up her seat for a white person to sit, she refused. She was later arrested for this “indignity,” which caused uproar within the African-American community. Soon, a boycott occurred due to this unequal treatment they received in the public transportation system. Both the buildings shown are dedicated in her honor.
(Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Photo by Roadtrippers.com)
This church became a National Historic Landmark in 1974, in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the church’s basement.
This circular black granite table records the names of the martyrs and chronicles the history of the civil rights movement. This sculpture was designed and created by the famous sculptor Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Much like the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, this memorial encourages visitors to touch the engraved names.
(The First White House of Confederacy. Photo by Alamy.)
This house served as the housing for confederate President Jefferson Davis and family. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
(Alabama State Capital. Photo by FHWA)
We had a great visit to Montgomery, and we’re looking forward to going again one day. If you love history, you and your family would also enjoy visiting Montgomery, Alabama.