Rosa Parks being fingerprinted

Rosa Parks fingerprinted for riding in the front of the bus

Montgomery Trivia

Montgomery was incorporated in 1819 as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846.

Montgomery has a large military presence due to Maxwell Air Force Base.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is located here.

Montgomery has a population of nearly 205,00.

Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America.

The Alabama Department of Archives is the oldest state-funded archival agency in the nation.

The word Alabama means tribal town in the Creek Indian language.

Montgomery has also been recognized nationally for its downtown revitalization. It was one of the first cities in the nation to implement Smart Code Zoning.

Radio Stations

90.7 FM WVAS Alabama State U.; Jazz, Blues, Black College Sports Report
97.1 FM WMCZ Old & New School R&B, Tom Joyner Morning Show
97.9 FM WJWZ Hip-Hop, R&B
105.7 FM WZHT Hip-Hop, R&B

1600 AM WXVI Talk, Gospel

Famous Residents

These residents lived in Montgomery or Selma:

Rosa Parks – Seminal leader in the modern Civil Rights Movement

Rev. Hosea Williams – Minister and civil rights activist

Dr. E.D. Nixon – Civil rights activist

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Pastor, Civil rights leader and orator

Nat King Cole – Legendary singer & pianist

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton – Blues and R&B legend

P.H. Polk – Internationally renowned photographer

Alice C. Davis – 1st black woman Olympic Gold Medalist in 1948

Johnny Ford – First black mayor of city of Tuskegee

Lionel Richie – 1974 Tuskegee U. alum & member the Commodores

Tom Joyner – 1970 Tuskegee U. alum, original member of the Commodores, radio show host

“Chief” Alfred Anderson – First Black to receive commercial pilot’s certificate (1932); taught most of the Tuskegee Airmen

Daniel “Chappie” James – Tuskegee Airmen and 1st Black 4-star general

Ralph Ellison – Tuskegee U. alum, author of “Invisible Man”


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