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Civil Rights Memorial

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Address: 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-4344
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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kansas city, mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

I have visited this site twice and was moved both times. I would definitely recommend the Civil Rights Memorial to others!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This memorial takes its visitor to a time when African-Americans had to fight for right to be treated as true citizens of these United States. Before visiting this site, we toured the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and learned that the site on which this memorial stands was once used as an auction site where slaves were bought and sold. Truly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

A very impressive memorial indeed! I like the way they museum is set up by time period and how it ties in continued struggles today. Well worth the visit. It's a wonderful reminder of what love can do.

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