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Day 5-6

We began our Easter as a travel day. While driving from Vicksburg to Montgomery, Alabama, we spotted a bank in Mississippi that lost its roof to a tornado. Across the street from the bank was a trailer park, where we expected to see massive damage. There was only 1 trailer that lost its roof, among many. How unlucky for them.

We arrived in Montgomery in time for our staff prepared Easter dinner. Deep fried Cajun turkey, spiral ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, salad, raspberry filled cupcakes. Oh, did I tell you that Barry used to run a restaurant? Need I say more? It was a fantastic feast.

Afterward, one of our guests, Jean, organized the “hat” contest and a few games.

The staff judged the hat contest and the winners were: Joe won most creative, Winston won funniest and Annita won the prettiest.

We started our tour day at the information center with a short film.

Alabama is home of America’s first trolley system of 1886. I remember growing up outside of Washington, D.C. with the trolley. What a fun experience.

The center is also located at the High Red Bluff, located in a deep bend of the Alabama River and was once the key to the Southeast and a strategic point in Colonial Days. The first steamboat, the Harriett, arrived at this point in 1821 and the first railroad came in 1840, making Montgomery a transportation hub for people and commerce.

Bill especially found this area interesting as it was here on his birthday, May 24, in 1703 that Alabama Indians ambushed the first French explorers from Mobile, Killing three and wounding 2 critically. The Indians were armed and were used as pawns by British agents from Carolina in the European struggle for control of North America.

Our guided tour of Montgomery, Alabama, was on Confederate Day. A lot of things were closed because of the holiday, but the special activities on the Capitol grounds made up for it. The Confederate cannoneers shot the cannon off just for our group. When I tell you it was loud, I am not exaggerating. We received quite a history lesson from the “officer in charge.”

There’s a star on the steps of the Capitol where Jefferson Davis stood and was sworn in as the President of the Confederacy.

The White House of the Confederacy has quite a history. It was built 1832 by William Sayre and used as the Confederate White House in 1861. It was moved in 19210 to its present location. They took the top floor off & moved it separate from the bottom floor and assembled it where it stands now. They have no photos of the move. Too bad, that would have been really interesting to see.

There were a few buildings we drove by that had a unique brick coloring. The builders used “syrup” in the brick for the coloring. Imagine that!

We are also able to stop at Oakwood Cemetery to see where Hank Williams and his wife are buried. We understand that Hank Williams, Jr. lives nearby and is often seen at the cemetery.

We drove passed Martin Luther King’s Baptist Church

and the house where he lived. You can still see where the bomb exploded on his front porch.

Our last stop before returning home was the Civil Rights Memorial. The street is the only street where you cannot drive by and stop your car. It his highly guarded. The Center is adjacent to the Memorial and is built to be bombproof.

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