The Markers of Montgomery

Two Sides of the Same Historic Marker
Rosa Parks
Montgomery Bus Boycott

At the bus stop on this site on December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to boarding whites. This brought about her arrest, conviction and fine. The Boycott began December 5, the day after Parks’ trial, as a protest by African-Americans for unequal treatment they received on the bus line. Refusing to ride the buses, they maintained the Boycott until the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the integration of public transportation one year later. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Boycott, the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement. (Alabama Historical Association)

Hank Williams
Alabama Troubadour

In 1938, young country singer Hank Williams won a contest on the stage of the Empire Theatre. Born in Butler County, south of Montgomery, on September 17, 1923, Williams learned to play the guitar and sing on the streets of Georgiana. Writing songs and performing, he made his way to Nashville, where in 1949 his “Lovesick Blues” stopped the show at the Grand Ole Opry. Other acclaimed compositions include “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Jambalaya,” and “Kaw-Liga.” Williams died on January 1, 1953, and is buried in Montgomery’s Oakwood Annex Cemetery. (Alabama Historical Association)

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  • 12 August 2012