Montgomery may be known for being the Alabama state capital and home of some of the most interesting museums and amazing eateries, but the Heart of Dixie is also no stranger to art. Mainly, in the form of murals that are in the city’s streets. We’ve rounded up a few of the must-see murals in Montgomery for your next trip!
1. Westside Montgomery
Location: On the side of King’s Canvas at 1413 Oak St. Montgomery, AL 36108
One of the newest murals in Montgomery was painted by Alabama State University artist Nathaniel Allen, along with Winfred Harkins. Located on the side of King’s Canvas in Washington Park, this mural is on a stretch of Westside Montgomery that hundreds of marchers passed heading from Selma to the State Capitol in March 1965.
The top portion of the mural says Welcome to Westside; The bottom highlights the historic significance of the march through the inclusion of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, marchers, the One Court Square Fountain, among others.
2. Nat King Cole Memorial
Location: 435 Maxwell Blvd.
Titled “Unforgettable,” Montgomery’s mural showcasing Montgomery native Nat King Cole’s life and legacy is one you have to see.
Born in 1919, in Montgomery, Nat King Cole went on to create the first radio program to be sponsored by an African American musician.
After Montgomery mayor Todd Strange established Nat King Cole Day in the city, local artists Sunny Paulk and Corey Spearman created the mural.
3. Civil Rights Memorial
Location: 186 Lee St, Montgomery AL 36104
Titled a Mighty Walk, this mural depicts 54-mile march from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol in Montgomery in March 1965.
On the far left are Alabama state troopers, on the far right are national guardsmen. Demonstrators are shown along the bottom, along with prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement including Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Coretta Scott King, and Ralph Abernathy.
The mural was erected in 2015 by artists Sunny Paulk and Corey Spearman, who also painted the Nat King Cole mural. It is located on the intersection of Lee and Montgomery Street.
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