We’re having America’s conversation in Montgomery, Alabama.
Throughout history, Montgomery, Alabama has faced our nation’s greatest challenges. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, what happened here sparks the most vital discussions of today. And we’re not only talking about the past. This city is experiencing a revitalization informed by the lessons of the past, that celebrates the possibility of community in a uniquely southern way.
Here you’ll join hands and voices with visitors from around the world while singing along to “This Little Light of Mine” at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. transformed from a charismatic preacher to a respected leader of the movement. Walk through the hallowed halls of the Dexter Parsonage, where the King family lived during the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.
You’ll get to know one of our most courageous locals at the Rosa Parks Museum and Library, and walk in the footsteps of the brave foot soldiers on the Selma to Montgomery March Trail. Learn about those who paid the ultimate price for equality and take a pledge to support equal rights on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Museum and Memorial.
Starting this spring, you can be one of the first to take part in a remarkable, first of its kind experience that will spark the next great American conversation. The Equal Justice Initiative’s Memorial to Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum in Montgomery will be America’s first national memorial dedicated to victims of racial terror lynching and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy. Modeled on important projects used to overcome difficult histories of human rights abuses in other countries, the sites are designed to promote a more hopeful commitment to racial equality and just treatment of all people. Learn more about the project at museumandmemorial.eji.org.
Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue bore witness to the birth of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement and is decorated with sites associated with both events and many in between. This most historic of America’s short streets is experiencing a vibrant revitalization. New restaurants offering the best of local southern cuisine and quirky unexpected delights, local makers and merchants offering unique shopping, and comfy coffee shops are ready to welcome you.
Nightlight and family entertainment alike are only steps away in our walkable downtown. Check out a Montgomery Biscuits game and a gourmet hot dog at Riverwalk stadium or take a lazy ride down the Alabama River at Riverfront Park. Bring your top team and test your problem-solving skills at Escapology, a premium escape game and virtual reality arcade. Raise a glass with good friends at one of the many bars and restaurants in the Alley Entertainment district.
Just minutes from downtown, in the exquisite Blount Cultural Park, discover the Alabama Shakespeare Festival – a fully professional, year-round theatre performing the works of Shakespeare, American Classics, Broadway musicals and brand new Southern works. Next door, explore the permanent collection and special exhibits at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy a breath of fresh air in their brand-new Sculpture Garden opening this summer.
From our compelling history to our exciting future, there’s no better place to join America’s conversation than in Montgomery, and there’s no better time than now. To plan your visit go to www.visitingmontgomery.com.