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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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Great little museum

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have always wanted to see the memorial, and just the fact to be there and touch the names of all forty civil rights activists, who were murdered, was so impressive. Very emotional.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

The memorial was small but engraved on the circle with flowing water are the names of those who lost their lives for the cause. Lots of names that may not have been heard of. I loved the quote on the wall, also.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The subtle interaction of this memorial is quite moving. One has a n opportunity to immerse their fingertips into flowing water, feeling and reading the names of those fallen as part of the movement.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This memorial sited outside the civil rights museum in central Montgomery is a poignant reminder of those who lost their lives to the civil rights struggle. The memorial lists the names of a selection of people who lost their lives and whose stories are told in the museum. The memorial is a granite circular slab with water running over the... More 

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