Civil Rights: Day 1

Yesterday was a beautiful day to travel. We left Pace a little bit before 7 a.m. en route to our first stop, Montgomery, Alabama. After stretching our legs for a minute, we got to experience the interactive Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing. The first park of the tour included a short video that played on all walls in the room, giving us the background information into the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. When the video concluded, doors to another room opened. We walked up to a replica of a Montgomery city bus from the time and watched through the windows to see how Rosa Parks handled herself during that time. Then we continued our guided tour through the exhibits, viewing replicas of the church wagons that took protestors around the city while they boycotted the buses. We learned that ordinary people can do extraordinary things when there is a will and when it’s right. We switched to the Children’s wing of the museum and boarded a moving bus named Mr. Rickets, that moved and lit up. There was an amazing visual tour of American history, beginning with slavery up to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Next stop was the Lowndes County Interpretive Center, site of Tent City. We also gained more background information on Bloody Sunday and the march from Selma to Montgomery. The best part is that right after this stop, we drove 20 minutes to Selma and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, experiencing for ourselves what we learned about.

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After another bus ride up to Birmingham, we got to relax for a bit at the railroad park. Dinner was at the McWane Science Center where we played with the exhibits (Mrs. Camp was thrilled!) and then ended the evening with an iMax movie. Tomorrow is Birmingham and Memphis!

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