The beauty and serenity of downtown Montgomery at the Court Square Fountain belies its sordid history as a hub for the Transatlantic slave trade. This fountain was the site of its public slave auction, where human lives were bought and sold along with livestock. Commerce Street extending northwest was lined with slave warehouses and Dexter Avenue extending east towards the capital building (as seen in the background) housed numerous slave depots, as well as being home to Lehman Brothers, which profited immensely from the slave trade.
It felt surreal walking the streets of Montgomery, retracing the steps where the Selma march ended at the capital steps, standing at the intersection where Rosa Parks waited for her bus, and being at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr once preached and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This city has been, and continues to be, ground zero for the struggle for equality and justice | 2018.6.19 / 8:54PM
"There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy...You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us." - Brian Stevenson