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Civil War to Civil Rights: Southern History 101

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An August 2002 trip to Montgomery by chadk78

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Quote: Montgomery played a prominent role in two of our nation's greatest struggles. It witnessed the creation of a Confederate government destined to fail and the rise of a great hero in pursuit of equal rights for his people.

Civil War to Civil Rights: Southern History 101

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Montgomery Photo, Montgomery, Alabama
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Situated on a bend of the Alabama River, Montgomery is a living testament to the triumphs and tragedies of the American South. Founded in 1817, it soon became an important center for the sale and transport of cotton - known in this region at that time as "white gold." In 1846, the city became the capital of Alabama. It was also the capital of the Confederacy for 3 months in 1861. Some interesting places to visit in Montgomery are Maxwell Air Force Base, the Civil Rights Memorial, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Jasmine Hill Gardens, the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and the Rosa Parks Museum. Maxwell Air Force Base is home to Air University, the Air Force's professional educa...Read More

Hanks Williams Museum

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Hanks Williams Museum Photo, Montgomery, Alabama
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This small museum, located downtown, honors the Montgomery native who became a legendary country music star. At the age of 14, Williams won a Montgomery talent contest, and it was all uphill from there. In 1937, he formed a band called "The Drifting Cowboys" and began performing at many local venues, as well as on a local radio show. In 1947, they left Montgomery for Nashville, and Williams soon became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He went on to record 11 number-one hits and over 20 Top 10 hits, all of which became instant classics. His impact on modern country music is immeasurable, as he has influenced most every country artist since, and his songs have been re-recorded by many artists (in va...Read More

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Hanks Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(334) 262-3600

Alabama State Capitol

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Alabama State Capitol Photo, Montgomery, Alabama
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The facade of this impressive white-domed structure features six large columns, two balconies, and a large black clock face. Built in 1851, it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. This building played a vital role in the creation of the Confederate government and served as its first capitol for 3 months in 1861. The Confederate Constitution was drafted in the Senate Chamber, which was also the site of Jefferson Davis' election as president. Davis took the oath of office on the building's front steps. The spot where he was inaugurated is marked by a bronze star. A statue of Davis also sta...Read More

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Alabama State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
(334) 242-7010

Old Alabama Town

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This site depicts life in Alabama during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It contains a large collection of historic structures representing a variety of lifestyles. Among these structures are a tavern, doctor's office, schoolhouse, drugstore, cotton gin, grocery store, blacksmith shop, print shop, and many more. The building exemplify different time periods in the state's history and range from simple frontier dwellings to elegant urban homes. Most of the structures are furnished with period antiques. Living historians portray farmers, craftsmen, townsfolk, and musicians. They are all more than happy to tell you about their trade or time period. An herb garden on the premises feature...Read More

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Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(888) 240-1850

First White House of the Confederacy Photo, Montgomery, Alabama
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This 1832 Italianate structure was the home of Jefferson Davis and his family for 3 months in 1861. Located across the street from the capitol, it must have been an easy commute to work for Davis. The house is furnished to resemble its appearance from that time period and also displays some of the Davis family's personal belongings. Guided tours take you through the library, double parlors, reception halls, and bedrooms. Surrounded by a wrought-iron fence, the front lawn still displays Confederate flags, as it may have in 1861. Open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. Admission is free, but donati...Read More

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First White House of the Confederacy
644 Washington Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
(334) 242-1861

The Lightning Route

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Montgomery Photo, Montgomery, Alabama
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These trolleys have clanged along the streets of Montgomery since 1886 and still provide a viable form of transportation, as well as sightseeing opportunities. For only $1, you can ride all day long to your heart's content. A one-way pass is only $0.25. Passengers may board or get off at a variety of stops throughout the city. I highly recommend parking at the visitor center and riding the entire route in order to get a good overview of the city and learn some of its history. The trolley driver doubles as a tour guide and narrates the tour as you go. The tour we took seemed to focus on four different histor...Read More

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chadk78

chadk78
Blacksburg, South Carolina