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  • 1 Alabama Department of Archives and History Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    624 Washington Ave.

    Three floors of research and exhibit space here hold an eclectic collection of Alabama artifacts, ranging from prehistoric pottery shards to Civil War paraphernalia to Hank Williams' guitar.

  • 2 Alabama State Capitol Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bainbridge St. at Dexter Ave.

    A stunning Greek Revival building, Alabama's National Historic Landmark capitol was rebuilt in 1850-51 after a previous capitol on the site burned in 1847. Interior highlights include the restored c.1880s trompe l'oeil paneling in the original Suprem..

  • 3 First White House of the Confederacy Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    644 Washington Ave.

    Jefferson Davis (1808-89), President of the Confederate States of America, used this 1835 wood-frame, Italianate house as his executive mansion during Montgomery's three-month reign (February-May 1861) as the CSA's capital. With well-preserved period..

  • 4 Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    454 Dexter Ave.

    The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was pastor here in 1955, when he and other civil rights leaders launched the 381-day Montgomery bus boycott in support of Rosa Parks' heroic refusal to yield her seat to a white man. The 1889 brick church feat..

  • 5 Fitzgerald Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    919 Felder Ave.

    Fans of The Great Gatsby find poignant memorabilia and an informative videotape in the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The couple shared this bungalow-style house-where Fitzgerald penned Tender Is the Night-from 1930 to 1934.

  • 6 Civil Rights Memorial Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    400 Washington Ave

    Water flows ceaselessly over the names of 40 civil rights martyrs engraved on the smooth granite top of this round, table-like monument. The last entry, dated April 4, 1968, is the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Designed by Maya Lin (famous for t..

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