I am very excited that a new downtown Montgomery map has been issued, marking Civil War and Civil Rights landmarks.
It is mainly a walking or biking tour (of course it can be done by auto or trolley as well), the first stop of which is the Union Station Visitors’ Bureau Center. There are 12 stops in all, ending at St John’s Episcopal Church where President Jefferson Davis and his family worshipped while living in Montgomery.
The second stop is Riverfront Park and the Harriott II Riverboat area where in the past thousands of bales of cotton were loaded for shipments to Mobile and other ports. Other places marked are Court Square Fountain, Rosa Parks Library & Museum, Freedom Riders Museum at Greyhound Bus Station, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Alabama State Capitol, Archives History and First White House of the Confederacy.
From there the tour goes to the Civil Right Memorial and Center, Old Alabama Town and ends at St. John’s. In front of each building will be a small bike rack, designating the sites.
I have always thought how interesting it is that both the Civil War and the Civil Rights movements both began here in Montgomery. I am glad the City is promoting these through this new venue.