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Civil Rights Memorial

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Address: 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-4344
Phone Number: 334-264-0286

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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Beautiful and Moving!

This is so powerful and the fact that it is guarded 24 hours a day shows that we still as a nation need to improve.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bluffton, South Carolina
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is so powerful and the fact that it is guarded 24 hours a day shows that we still as a nation need to improve.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum gives a great presentation of the struggle for Civil Rights. A touching and powerful tribute to the many people who died and/or were victims of the struggle in the 50s and 60s. Can be done in an hour but you might want to linger at the outside Memorial and rub your fingers over the names.

Thank WanderingBob2016
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The timeline shown around this simple but emotional memorial gives a list of dates, events, killings etc. There is a gap between the first and last entries - 1954 to 1968 to show that the situation was in existence before this date and continued afterwards - in some places it still continues!

Thank Geoff F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Such a powerful monument. Created by the same artist who rendered the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. this depicts the timeline of the Civil Rights Movement and those who lost their lives. Truly powerful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Walk up the hill and across the street from Dexter Road Baptist church to see this moving memorial. Well worth the very short walk to take some time out and reflect on the changes that were started right here.

Thank TravelerTads
Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The outside has a moving tribute to those who moved civil rights forward; the inside contains exhibits of timelines and people who lost their lives. It's a small place (you only need an hour, if you read everything), but it was totally worth it.

Thank tandrys
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We visited the memorial in Selma, and we took the route Dr. King marched from Selma to Montgomery, the route is marked with historical events that happened along the route. When we started across the Pettus bridge, it almost came alive....from that march, freedom did ring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

What a lovely monument to a terrible time in our nation's history. A fitting and gorgeous tribute to 40 lives lost in the struggle for civil rights.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Stunning memorial ... with the water running over the names. Dark marble reminds be of the Vietnam Memorial in DC with all the names posted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Say those names aloud. This memorial is built with the names of civil rights martyrs. Let freedom roll like a mighty stream, the words of spiritual roll over the names as it bakes in the Alabama sun. Never forget those names or what they died for.

Thank Sarah N

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