Montgomery is a hotbed of business in Alabama.
The city's central location makes it a hub for trade with metal, peanuts, soybeans and other crops including cotton processing. As a center for cotton production Montgomery has manufactured more than 160,000-200,000 bales of cotton per year since 1911.
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Montgomery continues to serve for a regional distribution for various industries thanks to its location. In the center of Alabama State, Montgomery stretches along the southern bank of the Alabama River occupying 156.2sqmiles of total land about six miles from the confluence of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers.
While its location makes Montgomery the main crossing in Alabama, the city's past earned it a reputation of a city with a rough character. This is due to Montgomery as the former springboard of the civil rights movement. The event that led to racial conflict was set in motion in Montgomery when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the bus to a white man. This resulted in her arrest and bus boycott with violent protests.
By the 1960s Montgomery had become an epicenter for the civil rights movement. Supporters of the movement, especially from the South flocked to the city to struggle for their civil rights. These events bred famous historical personalities like Dr Martin Luther King, a leader in the battle against segregation. This led to President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, marking a victory for civil rights advocates.
In the 1900s, new changes shaped the city toward cooperation between African American and white citizens that led to new industries like high technology, the establishment of Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and the construction of Overlook Park. New Montgomery saw the swell of visitors fueled by visits to Civil Rights historical sites.
- Civil Rights Memorial, a symbol of the Civil Rights struggle
- Old Alabama Town features 19th century homes and buildings
- Montgomery Zoo offers an unforgettable adventure with rare animal species
- Rosa Parks Library and Museum traces the history of Civil Rights movement
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