Montgomery is the capital, second most populous city, and the fourth most populous metropolitan area in Alabama. It is located southeast of the center of the state, in the Gulf Coastal Plain.
The city was incorporated in 1819, as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846. In February 1861, Montgomery was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, until the seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia in May of that year.
During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a primary site in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches.
Today, in addition to housing many Alabama government agencies, Montgomery has a large military presence due to Maxwell Air Force Base, public universities Alabama State University, Troy University (Montgomery campus), and Auburn University-Montgomery, private colleges/universities Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, and ABA-accredited law school Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, high-tech manufacturing including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and cultural attractions like the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Montgomery was also the site of Jefferson Davis' inauguration. It was also the site of seeing the arrest of Rosa Parks and the ensuing bus boycott, as well as numerous non violent protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.
# Alabama Shakspeare Festival, 1 Festival Dr.
# Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, One Museum Drive.
# Civil Rights Memorial, 400 Washington Avenue.
# Blount Cultural Park, 6055 Vaughn Road.
# Hank Williams Museum, 118 Commerce Street.
# Alabama State Capitol, 600 Dexter Avenue.
# Rosa Parks Library and Museum, 251 Montgomery Street.
# Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 454 Dexter Avenue. - Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. preached at the church for six years.
# Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway.
# Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street.
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