Heritage of Alabama (08/02/03)
Last updated 8/12/03
Russian translation here
Hot, Humid, Historical Montgomery
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.