Confederate War Memorial
Located on the north end of the Capitol Building, this Memorial was erected in memory of the heroes of the Civil War. Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, laid the cornerstone for the memorial in 1886.
Contrary to popular misconception, The south did not fight the Civil War to perpetuate slavery, but to defend its homeland against northern aggression. Whites and blacks (both free and slave) served in the Confederate Army. In 1862, Alabama authorized "colored" militia units. Conservative estimates are that more than 65,000 African-Confederates served in the war, 7 to 8% of all Confederate soliders. Approximately 13,000 of these saw combat and some died in defense of their homeland.
According to the 1860 census there were 240,747 free Negroes in the southern states, which is 15,000 more than lived in the "free" states of the north. Some of the northern states would not even allow a black, free or slave, man to live within their borders.
Black Confederate Soldiers
Hank Williams Museum
This popular attraction, in an old downtown storefront, pays tribute to one of the most revered and loved country music writers and performers of all time. Hank Williams lived much of his adult life in Montgomery. Many of his personal belongings are on display in this museum including the baby blue 1952 Cadillac in which Hank took his last ride. Hear his music, watch the videos and learn about the man behind the legend.
Five minutes from the museum, in the Oakwood Cemetery, is the Hank Williams Memorial - the final resting place for Hank and his wife, Audrey.
Monday - Saturday: 9-5
Ages 3-11: $2.00
Ages 12 & up: $7.00
Montgomery: Alabama's Capital City
"Capital of the Deep South"
Few cities in America hold the historical significance of Montgomery, Alabama. Perhaps some perspectives expressed on these pages will be thought provoking, especially those concerning the Confederacy and the War Between the States. It is not my intention to be controversial - just intellectually honest. I have tried to present the facts accurately, albeit from a Southern point of view.