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Address: 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL
Phone Number: 334-264-0286
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The names of 40 people killed in the battle for civil rights between 1954,...

The names of 40 people killed in the battle for civil rights between 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation, and 1968, the year of the assassination of Martin Luther King, are embedded forever in this round, flat, granite sculpture. Water flows gently over the surface of the inspiring memorial, designed by Maya Lin, who also created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Nice and moving

This is outside of the actual museum. It is engraved with the freedom fighters of the Civil Rights Movement. It is water that moves over it, but you can run your fingers over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
1975divatraveler
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is outside of the actual museum. It is engraved with the freedom fighters of the Civil Rights Movement. It is water that moves over it, but you can run your fingers over the names and touch them.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As other reviewers have stated, this beautiful memorial by Maya Lin is enhanced by a visit to the Museum, where you really get a sense of some of the suffering that people went through during this period of history. It is very well done. The memorial itself is outside, and I found it nearly as moving as Maya Lin's Vietnam... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really need to go inside the Civil Rights Memorial Center to get the full story behind the Memorial. The memorial is even more beautiful and thought provoking when you know the inspiration behind it.

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Thank 3gentravelers
Pittsburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Beautiful memorial but the really interesting stuff is inside the Southern Poverty Law Center (the memorial is outside the building). Don't miss the rest of the exhibits - they're interesting, informative and very moving.

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Mich
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Very inexpensive museum. Good history of the civil rights movement. Takes about 45 minutes and is right near other attractions.

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wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

A fantastic memorial to all the brave people involved in the Civil Rights Movement. It can be found at the front of the civil rights memorial centre.

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Phoenix
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This is one of my favorite monuments in the country. Moving. Inspiring. Touches on many who were slain during the Civil Rights Movement. Need to know your history before you go though, because there are no backstories, just a list of the dates, names, and events. However, if you understand the significance of what you are seeing, it is a... More 

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Wiltshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Loved the way the water gently flowed over the names and for me has to be one of the best memorial's I have seen. Well worth a visit

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Lake Wales, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

In front of the Civil Rights Memorial this water fountain sits in honor of Civil Rights and with the words of the Dr Martin Luther King writing in the stonework. As you slowly read the words you can hear his voice as if he is speaking them himself. Very nice attraction !

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This is an interesting and noteworthy idea for a way to remember the Civil Rights Movement. It's a building dedicated to those who paid the ultimate price for their work. It covers the years 1955 through 1968, and it includes tributes to some people you've heard of - Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's not all... More 

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