Montgomery and Selma have played a role in some of the most significant events and achievements in Alabama history. Topping the list of must-see attractions is the historic state Capitol building, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his moving speech following the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which served as the walkway for that same march.
HISTORY LIVES HERE … The First White House of the Confederacy was the home where Jefferson Davis and his family lived while he was President of the Confederacy. The home still contains some of Davis’ belongings from the 1800’s. The First White House still celebrates Davis’ birthday every year in June.
MONTGOMERY’S STARRING ROLE … the majority of the hit film “Big Fish,” starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney and the 1990 release, “The Long Walk Home” starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, were filmed in Montgomery and the River Region.
A COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND — AND LEGENDARY HOT DOGS! … Hank Williams is buried next to his wife Audrey in a cemetery in Montgomery. Hank and his band, The Drifting Cowboys, used to frequent Chris’ Hot Dogs, a legendary hot dog restaurant in downtown Montgomery that is set to celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017!
ADAS – Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery presents the 2017 Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium, Crossing Lines: Decorative Arts of the Alabama Territory January 19th and 20th. The Symposium will take place in the Farley Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History with a Thursday night reception at the historic Ware-Farley-Hood House in Old Alabama Town. “The Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium is a premier venue for Alabamians who love the art and mystery of our state’s historic culture,” said Daniel Brooks, ADAS committee member, and the 2017 moderator.
EXPLORE ALABAMA’S HISTORY – Montgomery is home to the oldest state-funded archives in the nation. The Alabama Department of Archives and History highlights the state’s genealogical history, is home to Grandma’s attic where the kids can dress up in period clothing and has recently opened a new wing called “The Land of Alabamians.”