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“Meaningful and worth it”

Civil Rights Memorial Center
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Ranked #3 of 67 things to do in Montgomery
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Owner description: The Civil Rights Memorial Center is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center in downtown Montgomery. It includes a great deal of educational information about the Civil Rights Movement, a movie about the movement, and a memorial monument. $2.00 admission is charged.
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Meaningful and worth it”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

At only $2 a person, it's worth it! They clearly point out every meaningful spot having to do with the civil rights movement that occurred in Montgomery. I couldn't believe some of the significant places that we had just walked by on the way from our hotel. Very small little museum, but it was refreshing.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Powerful and real”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

I was here once years ago and returned again recently. It made an impression both times. It's not big - neither the "monument: or the museum, but what's here is terrific. The Maya Lin piece is brilliant - the black marble wall with the MLK quote bethond the big round shelf-like black marble wheel on which is inscribed the names and dates of the killings of 40-some martyrs for Civil Rights. It's powerful, poetic, and real. Inside, for two dollars you can go through the security (they still have bomb threats and such because they're part of the Southern Poverty Law Center which is politically active in the fight against discrimination of all kinds) and then see a 20 minute film about the Civil Rights struggle and the monument, and there are various other displays and educational exhibits. It's not expansive, but what's there is done well. Montgomery is where Rosa Parks refused to move back in the bus; its where Marton Luther King first came to prominence, leading the bus boycott, and it's where a lot of people were murdered. It was int he eye of the storm. The last thing in the museum is what they call a Wall of Tolerance, a screen with names continually rolling down it, of people who have pledged to continue the struggle for tolerance in the world, and you can add your name to it. It's both fun and meaningful to do so, and a very well-conceived way to try to connect this "museum" and history to the present and the future. If you have any interest in our history, go, even just to see the monument outside, which is free and always open.

Visited February 2014
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Montgomery, Alabama
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“Uh Mazing! (Amazing)”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

AMAZING!!!!!! If I had to capture this tour in one word it would be amazing!!.Captivating..it leaves you wanting more!. First visit to Montgomery Alabama and what a visit it has been. Taking a tour of the Civil Rights Memorial Center was more educational than ANYTHING you will ever learn in a text book simply because this center captures those events and stories not covered in your typical text book. The stories told, pictures displayed, and the quick 20 minute video is just amazing...and the price $2.00..amazing. It's truly worth so much much.. So many things most of us NEVER would have known had it not been for this heart felt and gratifying tour. The tour guide, Cory was simply just amazing:) The center advocates and educate the rights of ALL persons. This is truly a MUST VISIT place..

Visited January 2014
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“memorial center”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

the place was interesting not a lot of information exhibits rather spread out nice big screen with computer to type your name when you take a pledge to support anti racism

Visited January 2014
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Montgomery, AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Do not confuse the Civil Rights Memorial Center with the Rosa Parks Museum. While the Rosa Parks Museum is definitely worth a visit, the Civil Rights Memorial Center is much more...and a bargain! Admission is only $2 and students get in free. This is an interactive museum with displays, videos, pictures, and objects. At the end is the Wall of Tolerance...you will be in awe! This center helps us to remember the events and reasons for the civil rights movement but also makes us realize there is still intolerance in our world. Don't forget to give yourself enough time to also visit the Civil Rights Memorial out front; it was designed by Maya Lin who also designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. Also note the Southern Poverty Law Center across the street.

Visited July 2013
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