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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

An Intersection of History: Court Square

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

 
 
An Intersection of History: Court Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
1. An Intersection of History: Court Square Marker
Inscription. At the intersection of Commerce Street and Dexter Avenue, Court Square is arguably the most historic location in America. As the center of 19th century Southern economic and political power, Montgomery's Court Square was host to a massive slave market and the location from which the telegram that ignited the Civil War at Fort Sumter was sent.

Less than a century later, Court Square and downtown Montgomery was the epicenter of the civil rights movement, first with the Montgomery Bus Boycott which began December 5, 1955. Ten years later the civil rights struggle and Montgomery's non-violent protests culminated in the Selma To Montgomery March passing through Court Square as the marchers' took the last steps up Dexter Avenue to the state capitol.

This duality of histories is the heart of Montgomery's past. A city with a past as complex, difficult, and important to the American story can often struggle under the weight. Today, Montgomery honors its past all aspects of its history while looking to the future.
 
Erected 2015 by the City of Montgomery. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Location. 32° 22.657′ N, 86° 18.548′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection
View towards Market Plaza. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
2. View towards Market Plaza.
of Court Street and Market Plaza, on the right when traveling west on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Court Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Here Stood Mrs. Rosa Parks (here, next to this marker); Rosa Louise McCauley Parks / The Bus Stop (here, next to this marker); Decorative Lions Heads (a few steps from this marker); The Lightning Route / Central Bank Building (a few steps from this marker); City of Montgomery / Court Square (a few steps from this marker); Court Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Naming the City of Montgomery / Brigadier General Richard Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker); Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsWar, US Civil
 
View of the artesian well/fountain at Court Square. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
3. View of the artesian well/fountain at Court Square.
Winter Building, where telegram was sent from. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
4. Winter Building, where telegram was sent from.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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