Civil Rights Legacy
The heart of the Civil Rights Movement during the mid-20th century was founded here. Go behind the scenes of the lives of those that started a movement. From Rosa Parks’ refusal to take the back seat to the courageous Freedom Riders, Alabama is home to some of the most pivotal moments in history. Here, you can encounter an era of triumph and tragedy. You can celebrate moments that not only redefined our state but also our nation and world forever. There are many interactive exhibits and museums dedicated to the Movement allowing you to reflect on the past and look to a future where all are indeed equal.
New Civil Rights Trail book immerses the traveler into the Civil Rights Movement
Travelers can now immerse themselves in civil rights history with the recent release of a new cultural travel book by Alabama Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell. The Official U.S. Civil Rights Trail companion book is designed to bring to life the stories and history of the American civil rights movement. The 128-page hardcover book is chocked full of never before seen images captured by former Southern Living photographer Art Meripol. The book was unveiled by Sentell on June 23 at a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park. Dr. Bernice King, (CEO of The King Center and the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King), Judy Forte, (National Park Superintendent), Mark Jaronski (Deputy Commissioner of Explore Georgia) and other civil rights leaders attended the press conference.
The book allows travelers to follow the history of the movement while visiting more than 120 landmarks across 14 Southern states that served as battlegrounds for famous marches, activist rallies and non-violent demonstrations. The historic photos printed in the book, paired with the more than 200 images of the landmarks today, underscore the transformative experience of the trail for travelers. The book also provides a way for visitors to share in the journey of the civil...
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Whether it's walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge or touring 16th Street Baptist Church, Alabama has some of the most enriching civil rights experiences waiting for you.
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