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Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Posted in: Worth Checking Out,

Uncover the capital city’s pivotal role in two major moments in American history.

Cradle of the Confederacy

In the late 1850s, turmoil was brewing around slavery and states’ rights culminating in the Civil War. And it all officially began in Montgomery. When the city was still only decades old, the orders to fire the first shot and embark on the largest armed conflict on American soil were signed and sent from the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue. There’s no better place to delve into Civil War history than in the city where Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederacy, was sworn in and resided.

Change Born of Courage

One hundred years later, Montgomery’s story came full circle. Proving a simple act can transform the world, Rosa Parks’ display of quiet courage sparked the Bus Boycott giving impetus to the Civil Rights Movement and making Montgomery the epicenter of a groundbreaking societal shift that would change our entire nation for the better. The struggle reached its positive resolution when, in 1965, following a brutal attack that stopped a prior march, marchers led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set off from Selma and marched along U.S. Hwy. 80 to the capital city. They covered the 54 miles between Selma and Montgomery in four days and gathered without incident in front of the State Capitol. Not long after, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

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