Montgomery is the capital, and the second most populous city of the state of Alabama. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population was 202,124.
During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a primary site in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches.
Montgomery was thrust into the spotlight of the early African-American Civil Rights Movement. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Montgomery Improvement Association was created by Martin Luther King, Jr., then the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and E.D. Nixon, a lawyer and local civil rights advocate, to organize the boycott. In June 1956, Judge Frank M. Johnson ruled that Montgomery's bus segregation was illegal. After the Supreme Court upheld the ruling in November, the city desegregated the bus system, and the boycott was ended. The Greyhound Bus Station on South Court Street was the scene of mob violence during the Freedom ride of May 1961, which led to the desegregation of interstate traffic.
The city government is active in restoring the downtown area, and in 2007 adopted a master plan, which included revitalization of Court Square and the riverfront.
The Blue-Gray Football Classic was an annual college football all-star game held from 1938 until 2001. In 2009, the city played host to the first annual Historical Black College and University (HBCU) All-Star Football Bowl played at Cramton Bowl.
Montgomery has been the home of Alabama State University, a historically black university, since the Lincoln Normal University for Teachers relocated from Marion in 1887. Today, ASU enrolls over 5,600 students from 42 U.S. states and 7 countries. Troy University maintains a 3,000 student population campus in downtown Montgomery that prominently houses the award-winning Rosa Parks Library and Museum.
Montgomery has a Humid subtropical climate, with short, mild winters, warm springs and autumns, and long, hot, humid summers.
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Standing majestically in the city of Montgomery is the stunning white-domed Capitol building, the very spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America in the 1800s. I took a guided tour and learnt more about how this building and its history brought about monumental change in America.
Montgomery was also the city in which prolific leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and others began laying the foundation for much of the Civil Rights movement. One church where King delivered his message of freedom and equality still stands on Dexter Avenue and kindly welcomes visitors. Be sure to descend the steps to the basement of the church and discover the spot where King rallied locals together for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. You will also find a collection of photographs from the time and a mural depicting the movement.
View of the west (front) portico, dome, and a portion of the south wing.
Montgomery claims bragging rights for the first Anglo-American High school in Montgomery County. New naming of schools glorifies segregation and separatist mentality. Were the African Americans even allowed to attend the new school in the settlement? Why not keep the theme going of patriotic Texas Overtures. Montgomery boasts cherishes the thought of having the first school to exclude blacks. Maybe next is Aushwitz Junior High to show those jews their history and where they come from. "please share"
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Montgomery ISD trustees cited Montgomery’s historic roots when approving the name for the district’s second high school Tuesday.
The board approved calling the new campus Lake Creek High School after the Lake Creek Settlement, a recently discovered settlement that predates the city of Montgomery.
Houston attorney Kameron Searle researched the origins of the Lake Creek Settlement and worked with local officials and historians to get historical marker recognition for the first Anglo-American settlement in the area. Searle said he’s pleased MISD has named its second high school after the settlement.
“That’s just wonderful,” Searle said. “The Lake Creek Settlement and the Montgomery Independent School District comprise almost exactly the same geographic area. … It’s just a great opportunity for the whole area to see the school district recognize the history of the area. The history goes so far back.”
The district also approved naming the re-purposed Montgomery Intermediate School to Lincoln Elementary, giving honor to the name of the all-black high school the building used to house before desegregation.
The new elementary school will be called Keenan Elementary, after the nearby Keenan Cut-Off Road. The board also named the second junior high Oak Hill Junior High after the trees and hills in the area.
The board’s school-naming committee opened up the naming of the schools to suggestions through an online form. Some of the suggestions included Lone Star, Fred Schurr, and East Montgomery for the high school. Shepperd, Fred Schurr, and Dale Dossey were highly sought contenders for the re-purposed and new elementary schools.
Plez Morgan, Heintz, and D. Mike Hogg were also high contenders for the new junior high.
MISD Superintendent Dr. Beau Rees said it was difficult to boil down the hundreds of names submitted.
“So many worthy people have made a positive impact on children’s lives through giving of their time and talents in this school district and community,” Rees said. “In the end, the board truly valued the historical context of the name Lake Creek High School as well as Lincoln Elementary. The location of Keenan Elementary and the beautiful piece of property Oak Hills Junior High sits on upon were the deciding factors for those school names.”
Voters approved a $256.7 million bond, which includes the addition of three new campuses to the district, in the May 2015 election.
The high school, projected to cost about $118 million, will have two floors on the academic wing with a second-floor library, Career and Technology Education classrooms, and journalism and debate labs. The one-story athletic and performing arts wing will have a competition basketball gym, two practice gyms, a performing arts center, and 40-foot wide performance entry.
The main offices and administrative wing will be centrally located with additional assistant principal suites located in the academic wings.
Other projects listed under the May 2015 bond are expected to be completed as early as August 2016. Renovations to each elementary school campus are expected to be completed by the 2016-2017 school year, with the new elementary and middle schools expected to open in August 2017.
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Businesses in Montgomery, Alabama
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2415 E South Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36116 - (334) 280-0449
Braids Locs Twists African FHN by Vicky - 3010 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL - Phone: (334) 260-9950
Ebony Black Beauty Supplies - 3021 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL - (334) 649-2910
YABO African Braids - 2332 W Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL - (334) 264 9914
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Alabama State University - Category: Schools - 915 S Jackson St
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271 (334) 229-4400 - (visit website)
Blount Parrish & Company - Category: Legal & Financial Services - P O Box 5212 Montgomery, AL 36103-5212 (334) 264-8410
Charles M Law - Category: Legal & Financial Services - P O Box 2121
Montgomery, AL 36102-2121 (334) 262-6697
Donald M Jackson - Category: Legal & Financial Services - 7004 Vaughn Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36116-1370 (334) 277-8834
Evening Out Formal Wear - Category: Apparel - Formal Wear Rentals 1326 Carter Hill Road Montgomery, AL (334) 288-9241 - (visit website)
Exceptional Living LLC - Category: Counseling - Counseling & Referral Service. Visit Psychology Today for service information. 600 S. Court St, Suite 312 Montgomery, Alabama 36104 (334) 647-1781
Graddick & Belser PC - Category: Legal & Financial Services - P O Box 4009 Montgomery, AL 36103-4009 (334) 262-2000
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College - Category: Schools - 1225 Air Base Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36108-3199 (334) 420-4200 - (visit website)
Imperial Finance Inc - Category: Legal & Financial Services - 4010 Mobile Hwy. Montgomery, AL 36116-4642 (334) 284-3667
Jenkins & Jenkins P C - Category: Legal & Financial Services - P O Box 4246
Montgomery, AL 36103-4246 (334) 834-6086
Montgomery-Tuskegee Times - Category: African American Newspaper - 3900 Birmingham Highway, Post Office Box 9133, Montgomery, AL, 36108 (205) 264-7149
Roots & Wings, A Cultural Bookplace - Category: African American Bookstore - 1345 Carter Hill Rd. - Montgomery, AL 36106-1421 (334) 262-1700
100 Black Men of Greater Montgomery, Inc. - Category: Community Services - P.O. Box 1094 Montgomery, AL 36104
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