The Civil Rights Memorial honors the achievements and memory of those who lost their lives...
The Civil Rights Memorial honors the achievements and memory of those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement, a period framed by the momentous Brown v. Board decision in 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.
Created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, the striking black granite memorial is located across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center's office building in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history.
The Memorial is just around the corner from the church where Dr. King served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956, and the capitol steps where the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march ended in 1965.
The Memorial is located on an open plaza accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, every day of the week. There is no admission fee. The plaza is a contemplative area — a place to remember the Movement, to honor those killed during the struggle, to appreciate how far the country has come in its quest for equality and consider how far it has to go.