April 2, 2008

More in Montgomery

The Dexter Avenue Church in which Dr. King served as a pastor, is on the same street as the Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama.

We saw the capitol from outside, and then drove to the First White House of the Confederacy, on Washington Avenue. This was ho
me to the President Jefferson Davis, in 1861. The building was moved to its current location in 1921 and is currently closed for renovation. We were able to see the building only from the outside.

Our next stop was the Dexter Parsonage Museum. This is the house in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived when he was in Montg
omery, and was part of the Civil Rights Movement. We were able to take a tour of the house, and also see some of the damage to the porch caused when the house was bombed after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The house was restored in 2003, and it was really interesting to see the homes and get a glimpse of life in the 1950's.

Next we drove through Old Alabama Town, a restoration of authentic old houses, extending over 6 blocks in a historic village. We stopped in a coffee shop that is run by a couple, who serve awesome gourmet coffees, and were very welcoming when we stopped by just before close time. They answered all our questions and gave us recent weather updates :) The Old Alabama Town is like an area out of an old movie, completely different from the surrounding town.

Our last stop was at the Civil Rights Memorial Center, before heading over to our friend's place for a great dinner and a lovely time. A place with so much history is a must see for everyone!

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