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U.S. Civil Rights Trail to launch in 2018

Travel South USA will launch the U.S. Civil Rights Trail on Jan. 1, 2018, the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s decree that freed slaves in the South during the Civil War.   President and CEO Liz Bittner says the Trail primarily features the most famous landmarks from the Civil Rights Era in the 1950s and '60s.  International visitors can worship in the Birmingham, Alabama church that Klansmen bombed one Sunday, killing four girls. They can tour the Little Rock, Arkansas high school where President Eisenhower deployed thousands of federal troops to enforce court-ordered school integration. Guests can see inside the Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina where four black college students occupied "whites only" lunch counter stools and launched the sit-in movement.  They can walk across the Selma bridge in Alabama where state police attacked voting rights demonstrators on "Bloody Sunday." They can tour the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia and pay their respects at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where a lone gunman assassinated King 50 years ago.      Visitors are directed to lesser known but equally interesting landmarks.  See wedding photos of Martin and Coretta Scott King at the parsonage in Montgomery, Alabama. Tourists can visit the St. Louis, Missouri courthouse where the Dred Scott case began in the 1850s and hastened the start of the Civil War.  See where activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his Jackson, Mississippi home. Tour the small-town Sumner County, Mississippi courthouse where the killers of 14-year-old Emmett Till were found not guilty. More than 80 sites will be included on the website, which will launch on Jan. 1, 2018. Many of the landmarks are owned and operated by the National Park Service.  

 

Posted by: Alabama Bureau of Tourism
Posted on: 04/09/2017

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U.S. Civil Rights Trail to launch in 2018

Travel South USA will launch the U.S. Civil Rights Trail on Jan. 1, 2018, the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s decree that freed slaves in the South during the Civil War.

 
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