Inspiring visit

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 12, 2013

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We haven't blogged in a few days, so this will be a mash-up of a few places.

Where did we leave off…? I think it was Savannah. Since then we have been to Montgomery Alabama, Biloxi Mississippi and New Orleans.

Montgomery has been our favourite place so far. It has an amazing history of civil rights. Scott and I were lucky enough to arrive at a time of year where there were hardly any tourists. We got a private tour of MLK. Jr’s house and the church he was the minister for from 1954-1960. The tour of the house was incredible. The guide, Miss Cherry, was a retired teacher and able to retell the events of the time as if you were there. We could have listened to her for hours. Scott and I got to open the door, MLK Jr opened hundreds of times. We sat at the breakfast table he ate at every morning. I had fought back tears a few times, as Miss. Cherry retold the horrible events that the black people suffered through back then.

Miss Cherry also told us that the barber shop down the street, was the barber, Nelson Malden, cut MLK Jr’s hair for 6 years. She encouraged us to go his shop, so we did. It was like stepping back in time. He hadn’t really upgraded a single thing since 1950. The place was covered in photos from the 50’s and 60’s. I was mesmerized.

Nelson told us stories from back then. Apparently the chair I chose to sit in, was MLK Jr’s favourite. He often came to the shop just to sit and talk to the Malden brothers. Scott sat in the barber chair and got a shave, while listening to Nelson tell us about all the memorabilia he had on the walls. It was awesome!

We also saw the Grey Hound bus station, where the "Freedom Riders" were attacked in Montgomery. There is a museum there now with placards to recount that horrible riot. You can’t help but tear up, as you read the events that occurred.

We saw the square, where the slaves were held in cages and sold. It is now a beautiful fountain with a historical monument to mark that dark time.

We also toured the church, still holding Sunday services. MLK Jr. was only 24 yrs old when he was the minister there. It is incredible to think that such a young man was one of the most inspirational people of the civil rights movement.

If you are ever in Alabama, you must go to Montgomery!!!

After that we began to drive to New Orleans. It was rainy and much cooler than South Carolina. We made it to Biloxi Mississippi and decided it was best to get hotel. We drove in the rain to get to New Orleans this afternoon. I have to admit, I was not a big fan of New Orleans. It was likely partly due to the misty rain. However, I found it dirty, and smelly. It is definitely a party place, especially the French Quarters and Bourbon Street. The homes in the French Quarter are beautiful, with their ornate metal balconies. The streets are narrow and some are cobblestone. It has character and history. Music steams from every bar. However, the strip clubs and smell of pee take away from the character.

The cool thing about Louissiana is all the swamp land. We crossed a bridge that was about 20 miles above swamp land. We saw a couple small gators, hope to see more(from the distance) We have been told not to let the dogs near any bodies of water now. No more swimming in ponds for Lola for a while.

We are now on our way to Monroe Louisianna. We are part redneck, cuz we are going to try to see the “Duck Dynasty” guys. I am actually excited, I know that the chances of us actually seeing them are slim to none, but on the websites I have read apparently the guys take turns making appearances at the store for about 1-2 hours each day. They don’t say who will be there or when…..cross your fingers for us. I am hoping for Uncle Si and Jase.

We got a late start on the road today after New Orleans so we likely will have to stay in Jackson Mississippi tonight, then onto Monroe.
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Marlene on

Wow! You are adding places to my bucket list. I am sure that with every visitor to MLK grounds, there is something happening in the universe similar to an angel getting its wings....

Yvonne on

I felt the exact same way about New Orleans. It does smell of pee:(

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