On this day in Alabama history: Civil Rights Memorial dedicated  

On this day in Alabama history: Civil Rights Memorial dedicated  
Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial, 2007. (Markuskun, Wikipedia)

Nov. 5, 1989

The Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial and Memorial Center, designed by artist Maya Lin, was dedicated in Montgomery. The memorial honors 40 people who were killed between the 1950s and the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It is similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which also was designed by Lin. Constructed of black granite, it is inscribed with the names and dates of 40 individuals who were killed during the civil rights movement. A continuous stream of water washes over its table, and the large wall behind it also features recirculating water.  It is located near the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where King once served as pastor.

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