Montgomery Alabama is situated along the east side of the Alabama River in the Gulf Coastal Plain and has been the capital of the Alabama state since 1846. In the 1950s and 1960s Montgomery pioneered in the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement of the African-Americans. Visiting Montgomery, one is surely obliged to trace its historical footsteps from the cotton period through the civic rights movement to the modern day culturally enriching city. Old Alabama Town Wander around the historic nucleus of Montgomery, pay attention to the 19th century architecture and enjoy this real-life tour of the beginnings of the city's growth. These houses were built during the cotton period - which brought development and significance to the area. State Capitol Building Have a guided tour of the reconstructed Greek Revival style building, which was constructed in 1850. It served as the Capitol of the Confederacy in the Civil War, and operates as the State Capitol Building to this day. The First House of the Confederacy The First House was moved to the current location in 1921 and holds exhibitions of antique property and furnishings as well as war relics. The Civil Rights Memorial Center The Civil Rights Memorial Center holds tradition in paying respects to the past by providing knowledge on the Civil Rights Movement through lectures and presentations. The Civil Rights Movement Memorial is installed next to the building. The Memorial is in the form of a black granite circle with names of casualties engraved. Rising above it stands a wall with the epitaph: 'until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream' which signifies the continuity of the fight for civic and human rights. Rosa Parks Library and Museum A homage to the 'Mother of Civil Rights Movement' gives visitors the opportunity to relive the turmoil of the mid 20th century's events through documentation, artefacts and multimedia. Rosa Parks refused to get up from a bus seat for a white man which was considered unimaginable in those days. She showed that avalanches are not necessarily launched by grand gestures and that sometimes a spark is all that is needed to light up a dark room. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church The church became a platform for many civil rights meetings between 1954 and 1960. It was in that time that Dr. Martin Luther King served in it as the pastor. The 1955 and 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott originated in this sanctuary. Today, a mural of the Montgomery to Memphis Journey stands on its wall as a respectful memorial of the struggle which changed the world. Visit the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts whose emphasis is on American paintings and graphics as well as the bountiful Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum which features some of Scott's first editions and Zelda's original paintings, all in the ambiance of their rented home. Grab a hot dog and check out the Riverwalk Stadium. Stop by a bar or a bistro, enjoy some live music and let the impressions settle down.