Travel US Civil Rights History in Your Montgomery Airport Car Rental
The capital of Alabama is home to many cultural attractions, many of which you can see right from the comfort of your Montgomery rental car! Once you land, just drive your Montgomery airport rental car to Blount Cultural Park, right off of I-85 North at exit 6. Some of the best known sites are the Rosa Parks Library and Museum and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.
Rose Parks Library and Museum
If you’re visiting in your Thrifty rental car, this is a don’t-miss attraction. Located just a short drive from the Montgomery Regional Airport at 252 Montgomery St., the Rosa Parks Library and Museum offers visitors a look at the life of famed civil rights hero Rosa Parks, a black seamstress who ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. In response, she was arrested, leading to an international outcry and a citywide boycott of public transportation. Legendary civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., led this boycott. The library and museum is full of galleries that recreate the time and places of these events. To bring the story to life for younger visitors, the museum features a children’s wing which houses computer stations where historical documents and testimonials can be viewed.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
No visit to Montgomery should be complete without a stop at the famous church where civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the fight for justice and equality. This National Historic Landmark is where he first preached as a young minister, and subsequently from where he rose up to the challenge of leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In the basement of the church, a large mural depicts King’s civil rights journey, which led him from Montgomery to Selma, and eventually, to Memphis (TN), where he was assassinated. Stop by in your Montgomery rental car for a guided tour ($2 adults, $1 children) of the church, offered Monday and Thursday at 10 am and 2 pm. You can also take a self-guided walking tour through the memorial on Friday. There are appointment-only tours on Saturday. No tours are conducted on Sunday, but visitors are welcomed to join the worship service that begins at 10:30 a.m.
Civil Rights Memorial and Center
By far one of the most impressive monuments in the city of Montgomery is the Civil Rights Memorial and Center. Add 400 Washington Ave. to your Thrifty rental car GPS to drive to this renowned building — designed by architect Maya Lin (who also created the Vietnamese Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital). The memorial is an important token of remembrance of the civil rights movement that tore the city and the nation apart.