Montgomery County, Alabama

Montgomery County is a county located in south central Alabama. Montgomery County is the state capital. On December 6, 1816, Montgomery County was formed by splitting Monroe County by the Mississippi Territorial Legislature. Montgomery County is named in honor of Lemuel P. Montgomery, a military officer killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend during the War of 1812. The city of Montgomery, which is the Montgomery county seat, is named for Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary War general. Montgomery County is adjacent to Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, and Pike Counties.

Montgomery County was created by an act of Mississippi Legislature. On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederate States and Montgomery was its capital. Almost a century later, Montgomery County was coined as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement when activist, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery city bus. Years later, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ended the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights with a speech in Montgomery County. Montgomery County is also home of the first flight school for aviators founded by the Wright Brothers. The site is now the location of Maxwell Air Force Base.

The population of Montgomery County, as reported in the 2010 census, was approximately 223,571. Based on the census, the racial composition was 54.7 black or African American, 39.5 percent white, 3.6 percent Hispanic, and 0.3 percent as Native American.

Montgomery County has numerous attractions for visitors of all ages. In addition to having 400 acres of recreational parks, Montgomery County is also home to baseball, Montgomery Biscuits. Tourists are able to the historical Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, a memorial site dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Activist. Montgomery County also has museums dedicated to Hank Williams Sr., F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Rosa Parks. Montgomery County is the home of the prestigious Alabama Shakespeare Festival, which is the sixth largest in the world. The Shakespeare is host to plays, productions of all kinds and community events year round.

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