Plank Story: Montgomery, Alabama Civil Rights

Outside the Dexter Parsonage Museum, MLK's home in Montgomery. Outside the Dexter Parsonage Museum, MLK’s home in Montgomery.

Matt and I were headed to Montgomery, Alabama to see the abandoned, dilapidated set from Big Fish.  I was planning a weekend for us in Montgomery and started to worry that there wouldn’t be much to see.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only was the Big Fish set still cool to walk through, but Montgomery is steeped in civil rights and civil war history.

What is unique about the civil rights component is that some of the people living in Montgomery today were alive and in Montgomery during the 1950’s.  Some knew Martin Luther King and lived through the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  The civil rights history in Montgomery isn’t that old.  I’d say now is the time to visit, because once the sites are actually history and not told from a firsthand experience, a piece of the story will be lost.

In a couple decades, you could go to the Dexter Parsonage Museum, MLK’s house, and get a great tour about his story in Montgomery, but probably won’t hear Dr. Shirley Cherry’s, our […]