Civil Rights Memorial
Black and white poster of a closeup of part of the memorial with dates and a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) logo at bottom right corner.
Montgomery, Alabama is known both as the birthplace of the civil rights movement and the first capitol of the Confederacy. In would 1989, situated just around the corner from the historic Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped launch the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, it would become home to the nation’s first memorial to the martyrs of the civil rights movement. Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was commissioned to design the monument. Lin found her inspiration in the words "until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream," a paraphrase from the Book of Amos that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used in his "I Have a Dream" speech and at the start of the Montgomery bus boycott.