While Montgomery is known for great cuisine and people, it’s also one of the South’s most historic cities. Check out these 11 hugely important locations in Alabama’s capitol.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is perhaps one of the most iconic additions to the Montgomery infrastructure in recent years. The complex opened in 2017 to honor lynching victims, and comes equipped with a nearby museum to help flesh out their stories.
Address: 417 Caroline Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Rosa Parks Museum and Library
Run by Troy University at Montgomery, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum is one of the premiere Civil Rights locations in the area. Many artifacts related to the Montgomery Bus Boycott can be found here, as well as hugely knowledgeable guides and teachers.
Address: 252 Montgomery St, Montgomery, AL 36104
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church sits just a few hundred feet from the Alabama capitol. The site is known for having been the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The church – built in the 1800s – is on a tentative list of future UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Address: 454 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104
Freedom Rides Museum
This museum highlights the Freedom Riders and their heroic efforts against segregation across the South. In addition, the facility is located inside an old Greyhound Bus Station – a common battleground in the fight for Civil Rights during the 1960s.
Address: 210 S Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104
Dexter Parsonage Museum
The Dexter Parsonage Museum is known mostly for being host to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family home from 1954 to 1960. Attendees can explore the house and surrounding memorials, including the King-Johns Garden for Reflection and Interpretative Center.
Address: 309 S Jackson St, Montgomery, AL 36104
National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African-American Culture
This installation at Alabama State University features exhibits and collections from numerous parts of Civil Rights history. In addition, you can learn all about the famous, pivotal moments that happened right here in Montgomery.
Address: 915 S Jackson St, Montgomery, AL 36104
Holt Street Baptist Church
While the Holt Street Baptist Church is no longer functioning, it still makes for a cool stop on your Civil Rights tour. The church served as a meeting place for Montgomery’s black community during the Montgomery Bus Boycott; the congregation relocated in 1998.
Address: Holt Street Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL, United States
Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse
The still-in-use Frank M. Johnson Courthouse was the site of many pivotal Civil Rights decisions throughout the 1900s. In 1955, Judge Johnson legalized desegregation of buses – in 1965, he ruled the march from Selma to Montgomery was legal and could continue.
Address: 15 Lee St, Montgomery, AL 36104
First Baptist Church on Ripley Street
The First Baptist Church on Ripley Street was founded in 1867 as one of the first Black churches in the area. It was a gathering point for Civil Rights organizers during the 1960s, and became associated with both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Freedom Rides.
Address: 347 N Ripley St, Montgomery, AL 36104
Alabama State Capitol
Of course, you can’t miss the Alabama State Capitol. At the end of the third march from Selma to Montgomery, 25,000 activists gathered on the capitol steps to hear Dr. King speak. The building housed Gov. George Wallace’s office, and has since been restored to its original appearance.
Address: 600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104