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    The City That Opened Our Eyes

    When you think of the various settings of the Civil Rights Movement, the city of Charleston, South Carolina, may not be the first place that comes to mind, despite its long history in our nation’s struggle for equality. But in 2015, the tragedy of the Charleston church massacre drastically changed that and challenged our generation to reflect on the past in an effort to understand, heal and materially alter the conversation about racism in our country.

    Other reminders of the Civil Rights movement are reflected in markers across the city that chronicle peaceful protests and the birthplace of the freedom song “We Shall Overcome.”


    When you’re ready to experience the history of the United States Civil Rights Trail firsthand, download a state itinerary. These guides have information about the sites you can visit in each state as well as directions and other useful tools to help you successfully plan your trip.


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