During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday September 15 and Friday September 16: Montgomery AL

The first main stop on our itinerary was Memphis TN where our daughter Patricia lives.  Montgomery AL was a good "halfway" point so we stopped for the night and on Friday visited the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Unfortunately the outdoor memorial was closed for refurbishing and we weren't able to see the familiar circular black granite table inscribed with the names of many who died during the civil rights movement.  When it's in operation, water flows over the table reflecting Martin Luther King's quoting from the book of Amos--"let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

After touring the inside portion of the memorial we walked around the area and saw the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the site of many meetings during the civil rights movement and the church once pastored by Dr. King.

Ebenezer Street Baptist Church

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