What happened here changed the world.

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of over 100 churches, courthouses, schools, museums
and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing
social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history.

Full launch date January 2018

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is an experience the entire world can embrace.

During the 1950s and 1960s, African-Americans challenged white elected officials who kept them from good schools, equal public transportation and the ballot box. The mission of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is to turn a complicated history into a transformative journey of meaningful discovery and memories that tourists, historians and educators around the world can embrace. For the first time, the events, people, places and stories that defined the movement are connected and commemorated through an immersive and educational travel experience.

Seek out the places that became scenes of confrontations that inspired minorities in the U.S. and around the globe. Following the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, travelers can walk in the footsteps of the heroic foot soldiers and learn from guides what life was like for those as they overcame adversity.

Embark on a journey of meaningful discovery and memories, where the past will enrich the present and inspire the future. Learn how Selma, Alabama, became the center of a decisive shift in the American conscience or how a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, demanded the attention of an entire nation. Stand where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged the masses and inspired millions. Walk where the oppressed marched against their oppressors and explore the museums that preserve their legacy. Bear witness to the destinations and landmarks that defined the settings of the American civil rights story by visiting the U.S. Civil Rights Trail destinations.

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail – over 100 attractions across 14 states

Map of the southeastern United States with various civil rights trail destinations plotted.


  • Anniston

    • Freedom Riders National Monument
  • Birmingham

    • 16th Street Baptist Church
    • Bethel Baptist Church
    • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
    • Kelly Ingram Park
  • Monroeville

    • Old Courthouse Museum
  • Montgomery

    • Alabama State Capitol
    • City of St. Jude
    • Civil Rights Memorial
    • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
    • Dexter Parsonage Museum
    • First Baptist Church (Ripley Street)
    • Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse
    • Freedom Rides Museum
    • Holt Street Baptist Church
    • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Scottsboro

    • The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center
  • Selma

    • Brown Chapel AME Church
    • Edmund Pettus Bridge
    • Jackson Foundation and Museum
    • Lowndes Interpretive Center
    • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
    • Selma Interpretive Center
    • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Tuscaloosa

    • Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama
  • Tuskegee

    • Butler Chapel AME Zion Church
    • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
    • Tuskegee History Center
    • Tuskegee University


  • Little Rock

    • Clinton Presidential Center
    • Daisy Bates House
    • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
    • Little Rock Nine Memorial
    • Old State House Museum


  • Wilmington

    • Howard High School of Technology

District of Columbia

  • Washington

    • Howard University: Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Frederick Douglas Memorial Hall, Founders Library
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • National Museum of African American History and Culture
    • Sousa Middle School
    • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Albany

    • Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum at Old Mount Zion
    • Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Atlanta

    • APEX Museum
    • Ebenezer Baptist Church
    • Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home
    • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 
    • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
    • The Carter Center
    • The King Center
  • Midway

    • Dorchester Academy Boys' Dormitory


  • Topeka

    • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
    • Monroe Elementary School
    • Sumner Elementary School


  • Berea

    • Lincoln Hall at Berea College
  • Louisville

    • Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail
  • Simpsonville

    • Whitney M. Young Jr. Birthplace


  • Baton Rouge

    • Louisiana State Capitol
    • Southern University and A&M College
  • New Orleans

    • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • New Zion Baptist Church
    • Tremé
    • William Frantz Elementary School


  • Canton

    • Canton Freedom House Civil Rights Museum
  • Glendora

    • Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center
  • Jackson

    • Medgar Evers Home Museum
    • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
    • Mississippi Freedom Trail
    • Tougaloo College
  • Money

    • Bryant’s Grocery
    • Tallahatchie Bridge
  • Oxford

    • Lyceum – The Circle Historic District
  • Philadelphia

    • Neshoba County Courthouse
  • Ruleville

    • Fannie Lou Hamer Statue
  • Sumner

    • Emmett Till Interpretive Center
    • Tallahatchie County Courthouse


  • Independence

    • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • St. Louis

    • Old Courthouse
    • Shelley House

North Carolina

  • Greensboro

    • February One Monument
    • International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Woolworth's)
  • Raleigh

    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens
    • Estey Hall at Shaw University

South Carolina

  • Beaufort

    • Reconstruction Era National Monument
  • Charleston

    • Emanuel AME Church
  • Columbia

    • Modjeska Monteith Simkins House
    • South Carolina State House
  • Greenville

    • Springfield Baptist Church
  • Greenwood

    • Benjamin E. Mays House Museum
  • Orangeburg

    • Orangeburg Massacre 
  • Rock Hill

    • Five & Dime (McCrory’s)
  • Summerton

    • Historic Liberty Hill AME Church


  • Clinton

    • Clinton 12 Statue
    • Green McAdoo Cultural Center
  • Memphis

    • Clayborn Temple
    • Mason Temple Church of God in Christ
    • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
  • Nashville

    • Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library
    • Clark Memorial Methodist Church
    • Davidson County Courthouse
    • Fifth Avenue Historic District: Witness Walls, Woolworth's on 5th
    • Fisk University
    • Griggs Hall at American Baptist College


  • Farmville

    • Robert Russa Moton High School
  • Richmond

    • Virginia Civil Rights Memorial

West Virginia

  • Charleston

    • Elizabeth Harden Gilmore House
  • Harpers Ferry

    • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Huntington

    • Memphis Tennessee Garrison House