Montgomery is the capital city of the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it stands beside the Alabama River, on the coastal Plain of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2010 Census, Montgomery’s population was 205,764. It is the second most populous city in Alabama, after Birmingham, and is the 118th most populous in the United States.
Montgomery is nationally known for its many historic/cultural landmarks and events such as the Alabama State Capitol,Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Hank Williams Memorial, Alabama War Memorial and Alabama Shakespeare Theater. The city attracted the first electric street car system and Wright Brothers (Orville & Wilbur) first school for powered flight. Today, Montgomery is the home of both Maxwell and Gunter Air Force Bases.
In 2004, Montgomery landed one of the biggest economic development projects when Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama built its $1.4 billion automotive plant.
That same year, Montgomery acquired a minor league baseball team called the Montgomery Biscuits, Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Biscuits are the 2006 and 2007 Southern League Champions.
The city of Montgomery is home to a large number of historic structures, museums, and monuments. The capitol grounds and building are open to visitors, and are home to the Confederate Monument as well as other statues and monuments to important historical figures, including civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and politician Lister Hill. and as are the nearby First White House of the Confederacy, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Also located near the capitol are the offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the associated Civil Rights Memorial and Memorial Center commemorating people who lost their lives during the civil rights movement.
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