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Address: 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104-4344
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The names of 40 people killed in the battle for civil rights between 1954,...

The names of 40 people killed in the battle for civil rights between 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation, and 1968, the year of the assassination of Martin Luther King, are embedded forever in this round, flat, granite sculpture. Water flows gently over the surface of the inspiring memorial, designed by Maya Lin, who also created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Interesting - worth a visit

Very small exhibit - the memorial is interesting. Worth stopping - doesn't take a long time to visit.

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Very small exhibit - the memorial is interesting. Worth stopping - doesn't take a long time to visit.

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

We spent quite a while here going through the timeline on the memorial. However, the film that was shown at the Civil Rights Memorial Center put the timeline into perspective. So, best to visit both one right after the other if possible.

Thank Offthecouch65
Lorain, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

We liked the video. It was a nice place to go if you have the time. The video made us aware of others that had been impacted by various events and it was moving. It included current and historical occurrences. We enjoyed putting her name on the wall

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The Civil Rights Memorial is right outside the Civil Rights Memorial Center. It is a small memorial of some of the people who were killed during the civil rights era and some of the events that took place during that period. The memorial is well done and moving, but it only takes a few minutes to view.

Thank AbrahamLincolnCPA
Green Cove Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

I'm not sure why this is listed separately from the Civil Rights Memorial Museum. You need to see the museum to fully appreciate the fountain. Forgetting politics, the fountain from an art and engineering standpoint is excellent.

Thank alexwolf2016
Jackson, Mississippi
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

When you visit the center and hear more about the faces in the water, the memorial becomes even more touching.

Thank Tammy J
Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is so powerful and the fact that it is guarded 24 hours a day shows that we still as a nation need to improve.

Thank tab845
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

This museum gives a great presentation of the struggle for Civil Rights. A touching and powerful tribute to the many people who died and/or were victims of the struggle in the 50s and 60s. Can be done in an hour but you might want to linger at the outside Memorial and rub your fingers over the names.

Thank WanderingBob2016
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

The timeline shown around this simple but emotional memorial gives a list of dates, events, killings etc. There is a gap between the first and last entries - 1954 to 1968 to show that the situation was in existence before this date and continued afterwards - in some places it still continues!

Thank Geoff F
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Such a powerful monument. Created by the same artist who rendered the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. this depicts the timeline of the Civil Rights Movement and those who lost their lives. Truly powerful!

Thank Brittany P

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