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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.
Photographed 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.)
 
Topics.
View towards Market Plaza. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
2. View towards Market Plaza.
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is December 5, 1955.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 32° 22.657′ N, 86° 18.548′ W. Marker was in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker was at the intersection of Court Street and Market Plaza, on the right when traveling west on Court Street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: Court Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Here Stood Mrs. Rosa Parks (here, next to this marker); Decorative Lions Heads (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Louise McCauley Parks / The Bus Stop (a few steps from this marker); City of Montgomery / Court Square (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Parks Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Two Towns (within shouting distance of this marker); Telegram Which Began War Between The States / Winter Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
View of the artesian well/fountain at Court Square. image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 20, 2015
4. Winter Building, where telegram was sent from.
Showing former location of this interpretive marker (see photo #2). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 14, 2019
5. Showing former location of this interpretive marker (see photo #2).
This small park at Court Square was renovated and the marker removed a while ago. Will try to find out if it will be returned or moved elsewhere.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 938 times since then and 402 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on December 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Oct. 7, 2022