Montgomery, Alabama: New lynching memorial, Legacy Museum and civil rights history
A new memorial to the victims of racial terror lynchings is expected to attract thousands of new visitors to Montgomery, Alabama, in the next year. In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz visits the city to see the memorial and a new museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery and segregation.
You’ll hear from visitors who drove across the country to be there for the opening, and you’ll hear what Ava DuVernay and others have to say about it. The podcast also explores some of Montgomery’s other incredible civil rights history, including the arrest of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery bus boycott, the Freedom Rides and the parsonage where a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., became the leader of a movement virtually overnight.
New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.
Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.
She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.
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