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From its pivotal role at the beginning of the Civil War to the momentous part it played during the Civil Rights movement, Montgomery is rife with mentions in the history book. A bronze star on the grounds of the state capitol demarcates where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America. This swearing-in in effect made Montgomery the first capital of the Confederacy.
Montgomery was the location for Rosa Park's famous refusal to move to the back of the bus. Her subsequent arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, setting off the Civil Rights Movement. You can learn more about Rosa Parks' story and the civil rights movement in general by visiting the Rosa Parks Library and Museum located on the Troy University campus. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Another important site to the struggle for civil rights is the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was pastor between 1954 and 1960. A National Historic Landmark, the church features a mural that depicts important events during the struggle for civil rights. The church is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
You can learn more about the history of Alabama at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Exhbits at the archives include displays covering the history of native Americans in the state, the military, and the 19th century. The archives are open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For country music history, check out the Hank Williams, Sr. Museum and Memorial. On display here you will find a the country music star's boots, suits, and 1952 baby blue Cadillac in which he died. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and children over the age of 12, and $3 for children ages 3 through 11.
For literary buffs, there's F.Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Scott lived here with his wife Zelda between 1931 and 1932. While in Montgomery he wrote "Tender is the Night." On display at the museum are personal artifacts, such as letters and photographs, detailing the couple's life together in the city. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.