Lowndes County Interpretive Center

Lowndes County Interpretive Center

Lowndes County Interpretive Center
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Kat
Niagara Falls, NY7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We were driving from Montgomery to Selma and needed a rest stop. Saw the signs for this interpretive center run by the National Parks and pulled over. What an incredibly well done interactive exhibit. You start off with a 25 minute film that is so informative and well done about the historic walk from Selma to Montgomery. When the film is over the side door opens that welcomes you into the exhibit. Lots of information and hands on exhibits. The walls are filled with quotes, the sculptures are striking and life sized, there was even an exhibit that replicated the inside of one of the tents in the tent cities set up along the walk. If you can handle the Alabama heat there is also a large outdoor walking path that simulates the tent city as well. It was 100° and we are from the north so we couldn’t handle it!! The parks official that was on site was very welcoming and knowledgeable.
Written August 29, 2022
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FlyAtNight
Brooklin, Canada3,446 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
The Lowndes Interpretive Center is just about half way between Selma and Montgomery. It is situated on the site of a former tent city. There are many many exhibits, and quite a few are interactive. I found the Center to be very informative. It was also a very emotional visit for me. As we had just visited Selma where we walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge and visited the Interpretive Center, and were travelling to Montgomery, it was a logical stop to honor the people who walked 54 miles in the fight for voting rights.
Written October 20, 2022
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Sydney
Saint Louis, MO211 contributions
Dec 2022
We weren't going to stop here, but had some extra time before some ticket reservations at museums in Montgomery. WORTH IT! This is the best Interpretive Center of the 3 along the Selma to Montgomery NHT. Plus, this Interpretive Center explains more about what happened during the 4 days of marching - where they slept, how they ate, who protected them, etc. Stopping here is a must, because it fits together perfectly with the other Interpretive Centers, which only explain their respective ends of the March.
Written March 6, 2023
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,444 contributions
Aug 2022
Not a long experience, but informative. It provided a needed background to the drive, and some welcome perspective on what we were experiencing. If you do decide to stop in, then you likely do not need to additionally stop at the Selma center as well as they cover similar information in a smaller setting.
Written December 15, 2022
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Bikerhiker
Central Florida, FL20 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We were told about the center from a ranger at the Tuskegee Airman site and it was a must see for sure. Very emotional review of the Civil rights March from Selma to Montgomery. 25 minutes intro video a must see. Very well done.
Unbelievable time in history.
We got passport stamps but it’s not in our NP passport book.
Written December 14, 2022
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bcoffman
NY95 contributions
I stopped here after leaving Selma on my way to Montgomery for what I thought was going to be a quick look. After 2 hours I had to tear myself away! This is an excellent, very interesting presentation of the Civil Rights movement and well worth your time.
Written April 13, 2008
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OverinPensacola
Pensacola, FL41 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
Operated by the National Park Service, this museum is probably some 20 miles east of Selma on U.S. 80 near White Hall. We spent two solid hours here without hesitation. The introductory movie is outstanding. You then are walked through the history of the voting rights movement in Alabama. The methods of exclusion and "hoops" to jump through to vote prior to the 1960's are well interpreted with visual and audio displays. This is a museum for readers, there are many words inscribed on the displays. Young children will not be interested in this, but those interested in history, voting rights, and the 1960's struggles leading to the Voting Rights Act will be fascinated. I would visit it again just to see what I missed. The parking lot is huge and can easily accomodate RV's and busses. If you are RV'ing, the nearby Prairie Creek COE campground northeast of Benton is an outstanding campground with a great price.
Written July 6, 2011
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Gryfudd
North Carolina Mountains, NC863 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail - The Lowndes Interpretive Center can be said to be in the “middle of nowhere” and at the same time be the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Located on Rt. 80 between Selma and Montgomery Alabama it commemorates the march in March of 1965 of blacks who walked the 54 miles from Selma to the capital of Alabama to demand their voting rights in a segregated South. There is much history about the Civil Rights movement but this trail is a strong contendor for the start of it all. Located in the grassy cattle country of central Alabama its easy to whiz by it in your vehicle, but hopefully this review will make it a destination or at least a stopover for you. The ranger there said they get only 10 people a day, sometimes, and at others get hundreds when school groups tour it. The center does a marvelous job of giving the background of how blacks lived in poverty, segregation and the threat of violence in the South, and how they were determined to stand up for their rights. From churches, to marches, to being beaten back with billy clubs, their fight is told in film, photos and signboards with a wealth of detail. The stories are personal and will make your heart ache. Especially moving were the stories of the “Tent Cities” that arose to take care of blacks who were thrown out of their plantation-sharecropping jobs and homes when they dared to register to vote. You could hurry through the center in an hour, but it’s better to plan a two-hour stop so you can take in the wealth of detail and make a trip to the gift and bookshop.
Written April 20, 2016
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TravelnurseJen
Phoenix, AZ72 contributions
Mar 2020
Absolutely wonderful visit. There are large grounds which was part of one of the tent cities during the March from Selma to Montgomery. The displays are moving and educational. I am sad to say I didn't know that much about the March. I should have. These are such important events from our recent history. Well worth the visit.
Written March 7, 2020
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JustNOZ
Maryland145 contributions
Mar 2019
i am from Australia so didn't really have a true understanding of what people went through to do what they did. I found this very educational and touching. You must put aside time to watch the film as well.
Written August 6, 2019
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