Exterior of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Alabama Civil Rights Legacy

Few states have a history that is as rich as Alabama. It’s the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, and many of its most important moments took place in the state. From the Freedom Riders journeying into the South to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus, the Alabama Civil Rights Movement changed the country forever. Explore history at interactive history museums and exhibits from one region of the state to another. Be inspired by unique opportunities to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on America. Reflect on the challenges we have triumphed over as a nation and the ones we have yet to overcome. If you’re interested in learning about the Civil Rights Movement, Alabama is the place to visit!

Explore Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy

From the march to Montgomery to the Freedom Riders' Journey, take it all in.


Struggles and Triumphs: Alabama’s Role i...

Alabama has a rich and complex history within the Civil Rights Movement and has served as the focal point for pivotal events that shaped the fight for equal rights that shaped our nation.

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48 Hours in Birmingham

This year, in conjunction with other Birmingham civil rights champions, the city will recognize the 60th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement.

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Hit the Road To Explore Gee’s Bend

In the Southwest rural corner of the state of Alabama, there is a small parcel of land called Gee’s Bend. Gee’s Bend is surrounded by the Alabama River and it is only accessible by ferry.

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Civil Rights: Tracing Selma to Montgomer...

After winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and in 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began focusing his attention on Black voter registration in Selma, Alabama.

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Experience Alabama's Civil Rights Trail.

In two 25-minute episodes of Travels With Darley , Darley Newman takes viewers to some of the most historic sites along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail where she interviews those who participated in the movement as well as those who are making an impact in shaping the Alabama of today.

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Visit Alabama’s African American Histori...

Alabama played a critical role in shaping civil rights history. Key events that forged the state’s significance in how the movement advanced forward are forever ingrained in our lives, as a people and as a state.

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MLK Day is a day for quiet reflection.

Next Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The state of Alabama played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement.

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New Civil Rights Trail Book: History of ...

Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department, launches new book about the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

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Podcast Tells History of the Civil Right...

The Alabama Tourism Department's new Civil Rights Trail podcast takes you behind the scenes of the Civil Rights Movement. The three-part series will introduce listeners to the people, places and events that played a role in the movement and which ultimately shaped a nation.

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Tour the Alabama Civil Rights Trail

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail features locations from 14 states that continue to play an important role in the fight for civil rights. Alabama is home to 30 stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, and each one tells the stories and retraces the steps of civil rights trailblazers...

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The Legacy Lives! Hear it

The Alabama Civil Rights Trail podcast adds a new dimension to how this history is told.

Hear Stories of the Movement and Their Morals for Today

The Alabama Civil Rights Trail Podcast features real stories of real people who were there. They were the foot soldiers who held the front lines of the Movement. They were the freedom riders and protestors. They sat when people ordered them to leave. By telling their stories, they’ll be remembered and shared. And with the help of historians and other experts, we can learn why the events and actions from decades ago remain so relevant today.

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Alabama Civil Rights Trail Podcast

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The Legacy Lives Here

Explore these attractions and more when you visit our civil rights destinations.

People looking at statues at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Toy airplane at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

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Inside view of Rosa Parks Museum and Childrens Wing

Rosa Parks Museum and Childrens Wing

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Fallen memorial at Civil Rights Memorial Center

Civil Rights Memorial Center

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Outside view of Freedom Rides Museum/ Historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station

Freedom Rides Museum/ Historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station

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Street view of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

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Find an Alabama Civil Rights Experience

Explore civil rights locations you should visit the next time you're here.
Museum
2465 Wimbush Street
Mobile, AL 36610
Africatown Heritage House is a community building in Mobile, Alabama that houses "Clotilda: The Exhi...

Shotgun houses depicting African-American life from the 1930s-1960s. Named for Civil Rights pioneers...

Historic Site
1031 Gurnee Avenue & Old Birmingham Hwy./AL Route 202
Anniston, AL 36201
Murals in the alleyways of the old Greyhound and Trailways Bus stations depict scenes from when the ...

Museum
1030 Tuscaloosa Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901
Central High, the predecessor of Carver High School, served Gadsden's African-American community fro...

Guides Tours Or Ri...
Earlie O Neal Rd
Cropwell, AL 35054