March 21, 2011

This morning Nicole K, Nicole S, Jessica, and I went down to the gift shop in the hotel, and the cashier there was really nice. We started talking with her, and she told us that she grew up with Elvis. He and her younger brother were in the same grade. She said that he was a really nice kid, but once he got her brother’s white suit dirty, and she had to give him a spanking. It was so funny! We then met up with the rest of the group, and went to the bus.

Today we began at the National Civil Rights Museum. The tours were exceptional. Each person had an audio tape and head phones, so the pace was set by the individual.

“Without those tapes, I would have been totally overwhelmed,” said Nicole S.

She is totally right. There were so many pictures, articles, captions, and videos that without these tapes, most people would have been lost and taken a really long time.

After the tour, we headed to Beale Street.

We split up (but made sure we had a buddy or two), and wandered the street. There was so much going on and everything smelled great. Everyone got lunch while there. During lunch, Kelsey asked one of the local cops to take a picture with her. He gladly obliged, and then two minutes later we saw him put someone in his back seat.

After lunch we booked it back to the museum to meet with Rev. Billy Kyles. He spoke with us for a little over an hour, but it only seemed like we were in there for 20 minutes. He told us that he was one of the people who was on the balcony when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It was a really moving experience.

We then got back on the bus to drive to Montgomery, AL. It was only a six hour drive, which in comparison to yesterday, wasn’t that bad. Once at the hotel, we settled in, and went swimming/had a photo shoot in our room.

Tomorrow we have a tour of the capital, and we will be speaking to Joanne Bland for a lot of the day. She’s going to take us on a few tours, and walk over the bridge. It should be a wonderful experience!



9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zona
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 15:19:19


    Nice pictures!!! This is a great experience for all of you!!!! Looks like you have nicer weather than we do here in Wisconsin. Enjoy every minute of your trip, it will go by fast. Love you, Mom and Dad


  2. Sandy Kiefer
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 16:06:27

    Sounds like you all are having a wonderful time on this trip. Enjoy!! I love the pictures!! Enjoy the weather there as it is not nice here in WI.


  3. Kate Unger
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 20:37:07

    Great posts! It’s nice to be able to follow you through your trip. I’m excited for the next post and looking forward to hearing all your stories/seeing your pictures. Keep up the fantastic writing!


  4. Jake
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 21:12:30

    That day sounds absolutely amazing! You make me want to go explore… lookout Oshkosh. Oooh maybe I’ll go to Omro or somewhere crazy 😛 Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us!


  5. Dee Kehrberg
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 21:42:22

    I am totally envious of your trip to the Civil Right Museum. I’m glad it was awesome!


  6. Gina Rebman
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 01:17:00

    Glad you are all enjoying the trip. Thanks for sharing what you are doing and the great pictures. Enjoy your nice weather, wish Wisconsin was getting some of that. Have fun on the rest of your trip. Glad to hear the bus trip to Alabama was uneventful. Britney can’t wait to see you when you get home and to hear all about the trip. Hi to all of you.


    Dad, Mom and Aaron


  7. Tracy
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 02:09:52

    Hi Nicole,
    What an awesome experience! Sounds like you are having a blast! We can’t wait to see all your pictures. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!!
    Lots of Love,
    Tracy and Emily


  8. Kate Munson
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 15:26:24

    Looks and sounds like the trip is going well! It’s so neat to be able to read the posts and see the pictures you all are taking! Sounds like a truly wonderful and eye-opening experience!!! 🙂


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