LEGACY SHOW: Historic Civil Rights sites in Montgomery, Alabama
This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel’n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Tonya and Ian travel to Mongomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement to explore iconic sites.
Key sites in Montgomery Alabama include the Rosa Parks museum; the Freedom Riders museum; the Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial; the Alabama State Capitol building; Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church and its Parsonage Museum, where King once lived; and the Lynching Memorial.
Most are located within a few miles of each other. Other spots worth a stop are the historic markers outside Rosa Parks’ home in the Cleveland Court Apartments, the nearby Holt Street Baptist Church, where the boycott was organized, and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage, home to Robert Graetz, the only white pastor to support the boycott. Closer to the capitol, there’s the First Baptist Church, where King and hundreds of others were trapped by a mob during the Freedom Rider violence.
Also visit National Park Service Montgomery Interpretive Center devoted to the Selma-to-Montgomery March. This historically Black institution provided foot soldiers for protests, and famously is where activists printed fliers to alert the community to mass meetings in support of Rosa Parks and the Boycott. In addition, stop in the University’s Levi-Watkins Learning Center, which has several civil rights exhibits. King spent his first night in Montgomery on the campus, and used its library to complete his Ph.D.