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About Montgomery, Alabama

The capital of the second most populated city in the country is Montgomery. It became the state capital in 1846 and is currently the administrative center of the Montgomery County. Montgomery has a great military presence because of the Maxwell Airforce Base and is also the home to many public universities such as the Troy University and Alabama State University. The city is the processing center for crops such as soybeans, peanuts, and cotton in Alabama. The current population of the city is more than 200,000. Montgomery is best known for the part it had in the Civil Rights Movement. It was pushed into the limelight of the early African-American Civil Rights Movement. For this reason, the Civil Rights Memorial was built in its honor. Two of the well-known cultural attractions in Montgomery are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is the 7th largest Shakespeare Festival in the whole world. Hundreds of thousands of people from the US and more than 60 countries are drawn to this festivity. The Montgomery Biscuits is the baseball team of Montgomery and they play at the Riverwalk Stadium. Visitors frequently go to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. who created the Montgomery Improvement Association, once preached. Recently, Montgomery has been experiencing growth and has been expanding. The local authorities have been working on restoring the business district. In 2007, a master plan for the revival of the riverfront and Court Square was approved.

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