Mayor William Bell announced the plans in conjunction with the city's observance of the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights demonstrations of 1963.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The city of Birmingham expects to spend about $100,000 on a monument honoring "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement.
The mayor's office says the city will award $10,000 to the designer who comes up with a memorial to the ordinary people who participated in the movement.
Another $90,000 will be spent on the monument itself based on a statement from the city.
The memorial will be placed in a downtown park near the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Officials are hoping for a structure made of steel, like other sculpture that's already in the park.
Officials plan to install the monument in 2014.