History … all in our lifetime

We are in Montgomery, Alabama.  Durry is spending a couple of days doing genealogical research at the State Archives.   After we parked the trailer at the RV park, we went into the city center to do a little sight-seeing.  We walked through the Capital and walked by the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Memorial that sits in front of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The capital building is the original structure from 1851.  It survived the Civil War and is still is use today.  This capital building was also the first capital of the Confederate States of America and was the location of Alabama’s vote to succeed from the Union.

Ironically, just a block away from the capital is the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.  Almost right next door to the capital is where the Reverend Martin Luther King was Pastor from 1955-1960.  This is also the Church where plans were made for the Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger.

From the Church we walked to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  In front of the center is the Civil Rights Memorial, which is “dedicated to the 40 people who died in the struggle for equal and integrated treatment of European and African descent.” (Wiki)

The memorial was designed by Maya Lin (architect of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, D.C.) and “is based on the soothing and healing effect of water.” (Wiki)  It was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  quote:

.. we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. …”

Within three city blocks the Confederacy was born and the Civil Rights Movement was launched.

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