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9 Must-See Places in the Home of the American Civil Rights Movement – Alabama

Alabama is a southeastern state of the US which is home to the Civil Rights Movement. As such you expect to witness some of the best works honoring the Civil Rights greats like Martin Luther King, Jr., himself. You will also find = museums like the previous protest headquarters-turned-museum – The 16th Street Baptist Church.

Some of the fanciest things you expect to do and experience in Alabama include characteristic cultural cuisines and good – really good – music.

From the celebrated Civil Rights Memorial to the contemporary University of Alabama, here are 9 of the best picks for a complete excursion of the State of Alabama.

  1. Mobile Bay – Alabama

Mobile Bay - Alabama
Mobile Bay

An inlet of the Gulf of Mexico between the Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island, Mobile Bay is the only place where jubilees occur so frequently.  Watch the spectacle as all the bottom-feeder fishes including crabs and shrimp swim the shallow ends of the Bay’s coast. You can’t miss out on this promise of an easy catch of sumptuous sea foods.

When you are done fishing and feasting, tour the historic Fort Gaines – standing strong since 1800. The coastline is panoramic as well.

  1. University of Alabama

University of Alabama
University of Alabama

The Public Research University located in Tuscaloosa area is home to some of the most famous Civil War documents. Must-see highlights include an art gallery, Pre-Civil war classrooms, two museums and the historic Gorgas House.

The Alabama Museum of Natural History located inside The University displays exhibits on dinosaurs, the coal age and the Ice Age.  Finally, you must watch the only meteorite that struck a human – the Hodges Meteorite.

  1. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
National Voting Rights Museum and Institute

Located at Selma, the notable museum documents the struggle for voting rights, focusing on African-Americans securing voting rights. The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute archives some of the best works from the biggest human rights figures of the old age. Some key names include Viola Liuzzo and Marie Foster.

  1. W.C Handy House Museum and Library

W.C. Handy Home Museum and Library
W.C. Handy Home Museum and Library

The Father of the Blues W.C. Handy’s simple cabin today houses the exciting collection of his artifacts, writings and memorabilia. Also available are his piano and trumpet and most of the songs he wrote. Such gems such as St Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues and Memphis Blues are some of the originals the great W.C. Handy composed.

  1. Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum

Rosenbaum house is another historical creation in Florence, this time by Frank Floyd Wright. The Usonian design work by Wright is made of cypress, glass and brick with a multi-level roof and broad walls. It was originally constructed in 1939 for the newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum House Museum now exists under the custodianship of the City of Florence as a history Museum.

  1. Civil Rights Memorial

Civil Rights Memorial
Civil Rights Memorial

The Memorial to honor the Civil Rights Movement features a magnificent black marble sculpture in remembrance of the fighters who died for the worthy course. It is well-placed next to the Memorial Center in Washington Avenue of the Capital Montgomery.

  1. Birmingham Museum of Art

Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham Museum of Art

The finest art museum in Alabama hosts some of the best African, American and  Asian artworks in its over 17000-article collection. From permanent displays to the changing Exhibits, the gallery also houses Sculpture Gardens and Botanical displays.

  1. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Located on the western Shores of Mobile Bay, the Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park in the for of the 1940s Alabama battleship docked on the seafront. The museum now houses history of the military’s equipment and logistic details from WWII. These also include aircrafts and a B-52 Bomber among other operational equipment.

  1. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

This is one of the must-see places in Alabama – the Home to American Civil Rights. It features all the events that unfolded in the 1960s on the Civil Rights front as well as some of the still-ongoing issues. The Institute features exhibits from across the ages displaying the struggle over the years.

Magnificently engraved sculptures of freedom fighters are throughout the Institute’s complex.

 

 

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Originally posted 2017-05-03 06:15:58.

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