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Jan 11, 2018

Touring Montgomery Alabama

      On the heels of a New York Time article recommending Montgomery as one of the 52 places worldwide people should visit during 2018 (Montgomery is #49, but the article is quite difficult to navigate) comes a similar article from closer-to-home. 
     A piece in the Atlanta-Journal. It was written by a freelance travel writer from the Mid-West who took a young friend on a trip to Alabama's Capital City for a civil rights tour.

"On the street in front of the Rosa Parks Museum, Jayden and I stood on the very spot where Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger, the famous act of civil disobedience that led to the 382-day bus boycott.

Parks’ story is widely known, but the museum, which has six main areas and a children’s wing, brings to life this historic moment through a powerful, multimedia re-enactment that captures the mood of the bus passengers that day and the zeitgeist of the Jim Crow era."

The column reports on the Dexter-King church and the church parsonage, (though is says the parsonage is adjacent to the church, it is actually a few blocks away, but well worth the walk. 

I would also recommend the Greyhound Bus Terminal historic location, where riders were beaten and police looked the other way.

 And don't miss the Civil Rights Memorial
 at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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