Incline sidewalk leads to the Civil Rights Memorial. Walking and standing in museums.
At the hotel.
This morning we will travel by motor coach to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Set on a six-acre site, the memorial uses sculpture, art, and design to contextualize racial terror. As described by the Equal Justice Initiative, "The site includes a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments to symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims in the United States and the counties and states where this terrorism took place." The new Memorial opened in April, 2018. Next we'll travel by motor coach to the Civil Rights Memorial. A circular black granite table lists the names of the martyrs and the history of the movement radiates in lines that move like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." We will be welcomed in the Civil Rights Museum by a speaker from the Southern Poverty Law Center specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Next we will visit the Little White House of the Confederacy. Built in the 1830s by an ancestor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the house was later remodeled and became the executive residence of President Jefferson Davis after the South seceded from the Union. The First White House of the Confederacy is furnished with the original period from the 1850s and 1860s; capturing our attention, our expert will lead us through the 1835 Italianate-style house.
On your own to enjoy what you like in the heart of downtown Montgomery. Walk to many restaurants that surround your hotel and then meet your group leader at a designated spot or gather on your own at the Freedom Riders Museum near your hotel.
After lunch meet up at the Freedom Riders Museum where 21 young people transformed our nation's history using nonviolent protest methods. The Museum states that "Freedom Riders, black and white, male and female, none of them older than 22, stepped off a bus at the Montgomery Greyhound Station on May 20, 1961. They were prepared to meet mob violence with non-violence and courage. They prepared farewell letters and wills. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation. And they did." This afternoon our field trip will also take us to the Equal Justice Initiative where EJI believes more must be done to advance equal justice for all in the United States. EJI believes very little has been done to acknowledge the legacy of genocide, slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. We will hear from one of the staff or a special speaker they have secured when available.
Dinner will be at a restaurant located right beside our hotel. A select menu with coffee, tea and water is available. Additional beverages for purchase.
Step back in time with a visit from a surprise guest. This moving reenactment connects all the feelings of the Civil Rights Movement and what this special person endured on the bus on that December 1, 1955, day when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.