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Event will mark 59th anniversary of Montgomery Bus Boycott

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Monday marks the 59th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and a special event will commemorate the critical turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at First Baptist Church on North Ripley Street in Montgomery around 7 p.m., just across the street from the Montgomery Police Department headquarters. 

The church is recognized as the city's historically black First Baptist Church, which was the site of mass meetings around the time of the boycott.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus. It sparked the beginning of the boycott, which is often cited as the start of the modern civil rights movement.

The boycott also helped launch the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a pastor in Montgomery at the time.

The event is free and open to the public. It's being hosted by the Montgomery Improvement Association and the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University.

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