0SpotsChatMapGuide
Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail

Tuscaloosa

The downtown portion of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail focuses on events surrounding “Bloody Tuesday.” On Tuesday, June 9, 1964, one year after Gov. George C. Wallace, Jr.’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” at the University of Alabama failed to block the arrival of two black students, a group of peaceful citizens gathered at the First African Baptist Church to march to the new courthouse in protest of its segregated features. Ignoring warnings not to march by local law enforcement, hundreds followed the leader of the movement in Tuscaloosa and pastor of First African, Rev. T. Y Rogers, Jr., and hit the streets. They didn’t get very far. Police and members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked the marchers as they spilled out of the church, swinging night clubs and cattle prods and firing tear gas into the church itself. Many of the wounded were treated at the nearby Howard- Linton Barbershop. Thirty-three were sent to Druid City Hospital; ninety-four were arrested and jailed. All charges were subsequently dismissed, but no formal apologies were ever issued.

    Visit Website Call Us
    Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail

    Visit Us

    • 1900 Jack Warner Parkway
    • Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

    Region

    Tuscaloosa is located in the Birmingham & Tuscaloosa Area of the Central Alabama Region

    Hours of Operation

    Call for information

    Where to Stay

    Upcoming Events

    Where to Eat

    I want to discover my
    Alabama Sweet Spot by

    in
    We use cookies on our website to enhance your experience. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. Learn more in our Privacy Policy.