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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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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New podcast tells the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

The Alabama Tourism Department's new Civil Rights Trail podcast takes you behind the scenes of the Civil Rights Movement....
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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...
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Featured Locations & Events

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.

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.

Available wherever you get your podcasts.

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.

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.
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Birmingham area
Birmingham, AL
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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 Freedom Riders were attacked here on May 11, 1961. Freedom Riders Park under development. Greyhound Bus Station: Site of first att...
Historic Site
112 South Bayou Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Church organized 1842, now one of oldest African-American institutions in Mobile. Originally named Little Zion, but after extensive remodeling in 1896, renamed Big Zion.
Historic Site
16th St N and 6th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203