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The Civil Rights Movement is both shining and dark chapters in the United States history. It was an era of fight for freedom and equality, yet this was marred by violence and pain. As a tribute to those who have fallen during the fight for civil rights in the 1950-1960s, a memorial was built in Montgomery, Alabama.

Situated at the heart of Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, the Civil Rights Memorial is a monument for 40 people who died between 1954 and 1968. The list of names is headlined by no other than Martin Luther King Jr.

The memorial was created by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. According to Lin, the water fountain design was inspired by a line in King?s speech, which is emblazoned on the memorial walls. The line reads ??we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.?
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