Montgomery probably deserved more of my time than it received. I was passing through quickly, and wanted to get a brief look at some of the city's historic landmarks. I made my first stop at Union Station, the huge old train station that overlooks the Alabama River. There's a visitor center inside, and a trolley takes visitors on tours of the city.
My visit was in 2006, but I've seen more recent pictures of the station that show it's in better shape now. For example: when I visited, half of the letters that spell "Union Station" were missing. They've been replaced now.
My only other stop in Montgomery was the Civil Rights Memorial, on Washington Avenue, about two blocks away from the state capitol. I was expecting something bigger. The memorial is tasteful and respectful, but it's small -- not much more than an outdoor water fountain in front of an office building.
Water floods over a cone-shaped "table". Dates and events are engraved on the table, ending with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
The Civil Rights Memorial was designed by Maya Lin, the same woman who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
You can visit a virtual version of the Civil Rights Memorial here.
I don't know why I didn't get a picture of the Alabama State Capitol building, which was only a couple of blocks away, at the end of Dexter Avenue (one block north, and one block east of the memorial).
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