Heritage of Alabama (08/02/03)

Last updated 8/12/03                                                                                                                                                     Russian translation here

Hot, Humid, Historical Montgomery

On our way from Pensacola to Atlanta, we stopped in historic (and very hot and humid during the days) Montgomery, Alabama. The capital of Alabama played an important role during the civil war, when it served as the capital of the confederate states (see picture below), and even had the first white house for the confederacy (where Jefferson Davis, the president of the confederacy, resided). Reverand Martin Luther King Jr. brought Montgomery into the spotlight during the civil rights movement by staging bus boycotts here, and also preached at one of the churches in the city. We ended up walking around the historic downtown area (at this point I'm convinced that *EVERY* city has a "historic" section of some sort, but this city has a real historic section unlike many which attempt to claim such a title to boost tourism) but had to leave after a short while due to the intense heat and humidity. I can't understand how the southern aristocracy dealt with the summer weather in their suits and elaborate dresses (maybe a mint julip and some fanning in the shade makes this place more inhabitable).


Note: there's no pictures of us here because the oppressive humid heat of Montgomery makes people, unlike buildings, much less than photogenic.

Confederate Capitol       "Duty Called" statue at the Capitol       Church where Marthin Luther King served as pastor       Some other church       First White House of the Confederacy