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.

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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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The Legacy Lives

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

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

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Rosa Parks Museum and Childrens Wing

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Civil Rights Memorial Center

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Freedom Rides Museum/ Historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station

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Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

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Rosa Parks Museum and Childrens Wing

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Civil Rights Memorial Center

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Freedom Rides Museum/ Historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station

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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.
Historic Site
2800 Poplar Avenue Northwest
Huntsville, AL 35816
In 1866, Congress passed legislation establishing two cavalries composed of African-Americans. After Spanish-American War, the 10th U.S. Cavalry was ordered to Camp Forse in Huntsville.
Historic Site
1510 5th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Formerly the A.G. Gaston Motel, facility provided Birmingham's only first-class lodging for African-Americans and served as gathering place for civil rights leaders in the 1960s.
Museum
520 16th St. N
Birmingham, AL 35203
This museum experience is self-directed journey through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s on to the human rights struggles of today.
Historic Site
410 Martin Luther King St.
Selma, AL 36703
First AME church in state (1866). Headquarters during Voting Rights movement. Starting point for Selma-to-Montgomery marchers; All-American Road begins here.
Museum
1030 Tuscaloosa Ave.
Gadsden, AL 35901