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Civil Rights Memorial

400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-4344
+1 334-264-0286
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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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400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-4344
+1 334-264-0286
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This memorial records the names of 40 individuals killed during the fight for civil rights. Very moving. Free of charge. I recommend also going to the museum it stands in front of, where for $2 you can learn about the individuals in question.

Thank SAHoulwood8284
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just off Dexter Ave, definitely see this beautiful memorial fountain. One block from the State Capitol and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The Center is closed on Sunday but you can still visit the fountain. Worth it!

Thank claybournx2
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Love the Southern Poverty Law Center. This was a moving memorial and experience. There is a room where you type in your own name to join the pledge and your name is projected on the wall. My kids LOVED it.

Thank AandJReed
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Some places have a spirit of their own. This one does. The pain of the 60's is everywhere. Must see place.

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

One place to see if you are in town visiting. It is a very nice memorial. Plan on a couple of hours if you have the time.

Thank bless235
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Very simple, elegant, yet moving memorial. The water has started to wear away some of the inscriptions, but it is still easy to read the chronology of events.

Thank Tammy W
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This simple, elegant memorial outside the offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center stands as a silent testimonial to those brave men and women who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom and equality. An adjacent waterfall carries a quote from Dr. Martin Luther...More

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is a simple but moving depiction in stone of a timeline of key events in the civil rights movement.

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC and this Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery. Like the Wall, this Memorial is also a very powerful and moving tribute to the many people who died in the struggle to end segregation and gain equal...More

Thank bobca1947
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This memorial is incredibly powerful for its small size. Tour guide was good, the documentary was great, the display outside is moving. Definitely a must-see in Montgomery.

Thank Kate V
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