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Civil Rights Movement the focus in Montgomery, AL

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, opened in April, 2018; the privately funded site honors the 4400  victims of racial lynchings in the post-Reconstruction era between 1877 and 1950

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, opened in April, 2018; the privately funded site honors the 4400+ victims of racial lynchings in the post-Reconstruction era between 1877 and 1950

There are 805 hanging steel rectangles, the size and shape of coffins at the National Lynching Memorial; these name and represent each of the counties where a documented lynching took place in the US, as compiled in an Equal Justice Initiative study

There are 805 hanging steel rectangles, the size and shape of coffins at the National Lynching Memorial; these name and represent each of the counties where a documented lynching took place in the US, as compiled in an Equal Justice Initiative study

The Rosa Parks Museum didn't allow photos inside and cost $7.50; it featured a well-done video, a re-creation of Parks' arrest and plenty of info on the Montgomery bus boycott

The Rosa Parks Museum didn't allow photos inside and cost $7.50; it featured a well-done video, a re-creation of Parks' arrest and plenty of info on the Montgomery bus boycott

There were 3 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in 1965; the Edmund Pettis bridge is famous for Bloody Sunday but the marches focused the nations' attention resulting in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

There were 3 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in 1965; the Edmund Pettis bridge is famous for Bloody Sunday but the marches focused the nations' attention resulting in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Selma has seen better days with a decaying downtown; farmed catfish has become a big business where cotton fields once existed

Selma has seen better days with a decaying downtown; farmed catfish has become a big business where cotton fields once existed

The Alabama state constitution says schools are to be segregated despite federal laws to the contrary; citizens have twice since 2000 voted to keep the state constitution wording that way

The Alabama state constitution says schools are to be segregated despite federal laws to the contrary; citizens have twice since 2000 voted to keep the state constitution wording that way

Built in 1885, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church lies at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol; the Montgomery bus boycotts were organized here in 1955

Built in 1885, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church lies at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol; the Montgomery bus boycotts were organized here in 1955

The free Legacy Museum didn't allow photos inside; it powerfully displays the history of slavery and racism in America and is a timely reminder of the problems still existing today

The free Legacy Museum didn't allow photos inside; it powerfully displays the history of slavery and racism in America and is a timely reminder of the problems still existing today

Martin Luther King, Jr lived in this house from 1954-1960 while he was pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; the house was bombed several times but fortunately there were no injuries

Martin Luther King, Jr lived in this house from 1954-1960 while he was pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; the house was bombed several times but fortunately there were no injuries

The Freedom Riders Museum is in the old Greyhound bus terminal where in 1961 Klan supporters attacked a group led by John Lewis which sought to desegregate bus terminals

The Freedom Riders Museum is in the old Greyhound bus terminal where in 1961 Klan supporters attacked a group led by John Lewis which sought to desegregate bus terminals

The popular myth that Rosa Parks was just a tired seamstress unwilling to give up her seat on the bus is debunked in her museum; Parks was secretary of the local NAACP and, with a local attorney, planned her actions in an effort to desegregate the buses

The popular myth that Rosa Parks was just a tired seamstress unwilling to give up her seat on the bus is debunked in her museum; Parks was secretary of the local NAACP and, with a local attorney, planned her actions in an effort to desegregate the buses

This powerful display at the Equal Justice Initiative Museum has dirt collected from the sites where people were lynched; each jar has the victim's name along with date and place of lynching

This powerful display at the Equal Justice Initiative Museum has dirt collected from the sites where people were lynched; each jar has the victim's name along with date and place of lynching

The First White House of the Confederacy was occupied by Jefferson Davis' family; Alabama taxpayers subsidize the First White House with $100,000 per year amid complaints that slavery as a cause for the war isn't addressed here

The First White House of the Confederacy was occupied by Jefferson Davis' family; Alabama taxpayers subsidize the First White House with $100,000 per year amid complaints that slavery as a cause for the war isn't addressed here

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