2021: Spring Break 2021 – Montgomery, Alabama – Historical Markers and Court Square Fountain

In my last spread I shared that the historical markers at the Montgomery port docks did not reference slavery. In this spread I share four of the historical markers that are just up the street from the docks and give an accurate description of the history of the area. If you click the picture above you should be able to zoom in to better read the narrative, which I encourage you to do so.

In my last post I mentioned that many of these spreads would be done in dark colors – but you can see in this one that the right-hand page is very flowery and bright, which the left-hand side is plain black with nothing but the pictures. This was done on purpose to create a stark difference between the horror of the history of this location, and the beauty of the Court Square Fountain which was built after the Civil War in the middle of a horrific historical area. As I normally try to create masculine type pages, this stands out as particularly gaudy and over the top and that is what I wanted to create.

The starkness of the left-hand side causes the reader to not miss the point that I want them to focus in and read the historical markers.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out the curved borders around the photo and the quote and used a corner punch to round the edges of the photos to make it softer. The quote came from a brochure that I picked up at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice which you will see in the next few spreads.

As with the last couple of blogs, I am now also creating videos that show me putting them together and talking about the experiences as well as the techniques that I am using. So please enjoy watching this spread being created and assembled:

Categories: 2021, Civil Rights Museums, History Museum, Spring Break 2021

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