Historic Markers Across Alabama



Hank Williams-Alabama Troubador / Rosa Parks-Montgomery Bus Boycott



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of North Perry Street and Monroe Street, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.728    W 086° 18.445
  32.3788    -86.30741666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD6Q9
 



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Hank Williams-Alabama Troubador


In 1938, young country singer Hank Williams won a contest on the stage of the Empire Theatre. Born in Butler County, south of Montgomery, on September 17, 1923, Williams learned to play the guitar and sing on the streets of Georgiana. Writing songs and performing, he made his way to Nashville, where in 1949 his "Lovesick Blues" stopped the show at the Grand Ole Opry. Other acclaimed compositions include "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya," and "Kaw-Liga." Williams died on January 1, 1953, and is buried in Montgomery's Oakwood Annex Cemetery.


Rosa Parks-Montgomery Bus Boycott


At the bus stop on this site on December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to boarding whites. This brought about her arrest, conviction, and fine. The Boycott began December 5, the day of Parks' trial, as a protest by African-Americans for unequal treatment they received on the bus line. Refusing to ride the buses, they maintained the Boycott until the U.S. Supreme Court ordered integration of public transportation one year later. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Boycott, the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Erected 2007 by Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel.



Notes:

Marker has been replaced. See: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott - Montgomery, AL


More Information:
Wikipedia - Rosa Parks
Academy of Achievement - Rosa Park Rosa Parks
Wikipedia - Civil rights movement
Borgna Brunner and Elissa Haney - Civil Rights Timeline



End of Hank Williams-Alabama Troubador / Rosa Parks-Montgomery Bus Boycott