Hank – The first thing we did today was stop by Hank Williams’s grave site where I played a Hank song.
Kathy and I went to The Legacy Museum and National Memorial For Peace and Justice. The museum is housed in a warehouse that was used to hold slaves that were being sold in Montgomery. This is another museum where you can’t take photos, which is a shame. There’s a lot to see and remember. The museum is a sobering reminder of how deep the roots of racism are in America. The interactive media exhibits are well done. You can witness statements of slaves held in cells, listen to a prisoner over a phone during a visit, and dive deeper into a wide variety of subjects. The memorial, which is about a mile away and can be accessed via a free shuttle to and from the museum, is mind blowing. There’s a coffin-shaped box for every county where a black person was lynched. The names of the persons lynched cut into the front of each box. Outside the main memorial there are duplicates of each box lying on the ground waiting to be claimed by the states and counties they reference. I don’t know if any have but the one for Montgomery County, right here in Montgomery, is still lying on the ground.
We drove over to the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. Unfortunately, the museum there was closed.
The rest of the day was spent taking care of stuff: laundry, buying food for the road, post office, etc. Tomorrow we drive to Mobile, turn in the rental, and get back on the road.
Kathy – Hank expressed well the heaviness of our visit to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It was an excellent museum along with the memorial garden that is dedicated to the lost lives of the civil rights era.
Another note, we enjoyed an excellent lunch with Mike at the D’Road restaurant. It was very tasty Venezuelan food.
Our afternoon consisted of getting our chores done before we hit the road bright and early in the morning. We have enjoyed our week off from riding in Key West and Fort Meyers, Florida and now in Montgomery, Alabama. Looking forward to riding again. Temps are a bit cooler here than in south Florida. Aldo, it is not quite as pretty in the winter months in Alabama like it is in southern Florida. But, all is well as we start traveling west towards San Diego. Crazy to think we will be in New Orleans, Louisiana in just 4 – 5 days. So, resting up this evening before we set our bright and early in the morning.
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