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Montgomery Biscuits

Montgomery Biscuits Baseball
Yes, it's a strange name for a baseball team but it's still baseball! The Montgomery Biscuits is a class "AA" Southern League team that is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The stadium holds about 7000 fans and the price for a single game ticket ranges from $7 to $11 depending on where you want to sit.

200 Coosa St
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 323-2255
information@biscuitsbaseball.com

 
Montgomery Zoo

Montgomery Zoo
See over 700 animals from 5 different continents, all housed in natural, "barrier free" habitats. The zoo spans over 40 beautifully landscaped acres, offering you a magnificent view of exotic wildlife and endangered species.

2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery , AL 36110
(334) 240-4900
Email the Zoo

 
Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located in Montgomery - Alabama's state capital - is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world and attracts more than 300,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and over 60 countries.

Phone: (800) 841-4ASF (841-4273)
Phone: (334) 271-5353

 

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
A volunteer community orchestra of about 75 players, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is made up of people of all ages, all skill levels, and all backgrounds. But they have one thing in common. They love to play classical music.

Contact Info:
Helen Steineker, General Manager
Sherry Culver, Assistant
301 N Hull St
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-240-4004

 
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest fine arts museum in the state of Alabama. The Museum's magnificent facility provides spacious, light-filled galleries and breathtaking vistas for one of the southeast's premier art resources.

One Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL
Phone: 334-244-5700
info@mmfa.org

 
Hank Williams Museum

Hank Williams Museum

118 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone (334) 262-3600

Hank Williams was born in Mount Olive, Alabama, on September 17, 1923. Hank got his first guitar when he was eight years old, a gift from his mother. He received much of his musical training from a local blues street singer named Rufus Payne, also known as "Tee Tot". Many of Hank's songs have a blues undertone to them, which he picked up from Tee Tot.

Hank moved with his family to Montgomery in 1937 where he formed a band called the "Drifting Cowboys". In 1941 he landed a regular spot on the local radio station WSFA and was dubbed the Singing Kid. In 1947 Hank went to Nashville and recorded "Never Again" in December 1946 and "Honky Tonkin'" in February 1947. Six years later after the release of his last single "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" Hank Williams was dead at the age of twenty-nine.

He was in route to Canton, Ohio in his new 1953 Cadillac to perform a concert when he passed away while sleeping in the back seat. The teenager Hank hired to drive him to Ohio was pulled over for speeding and the officer noticed that Hank appeared to be dead. He was taken to a West Virginian hospital and was officially declared dead at 7:00 AM on January 1, 1953.

Hank Williams was buried in Montgomery, AL, three days later. His funeral drew a record crowd, larger than any crowd since Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy in 1861. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery a short distance from the Hank Williams museum.

 
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Library and Museum (On the Troy State University campus)

252 Montgomery St.
334/241-8661
Montgomery, AL 36104

Most historians date the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. At the age of 11 she enrolled in the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls, a private school founded by liberal-minded women from the northern. After attending Alabama State Teachers College, the young Rosa settled in Montgomery, with her husband, Raymond Parks. The couple joined the local chapter of the NAACP and worked for many years to improve the lot of African-Americans in the segregated south.

The bus incident led to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, led by the young pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The association called for a boycott of the city-owned bus company. The boycott lasted 382 days and brought Mrs. Parks, Dr. King, and their cause to the attention of the world. A Supreme Court Decision struck down the Montgomery ordinance under which Mrs. Parks had been fined, and outlawed racial segregation on public transportation.

The Rosa Parks museum is located on the Troy State University Montgomery campus at 252 Montgomery St. It occupies the first floor of a 55,0000-sqare-foot three-story building that also houses the Troy State University Montgomery Library.

 

"NOTED NOTABLES" Nat "King" Cole was born here in Montgomery. Also born in Montgomery are Singers Clarence Carter and Toni Tenille, Opera Singer, Nell Rankin and Blues singer, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.

 

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