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More than 40 sites are listed on the Alabama Civil Rights Trail, which has gained significant attention mainly within the past decade.
Stretching across 15 states and the District of Columbia, the Civil Rights Trail tells the story of this decades-long movement for equality through museums, historical markers, and more. Here are a few of the lesser-known but particularly noteworthy small towns along the Civil Rights Trail.
“Danville museum becomes third Virginia site added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail”
FEBRUARY 1, 2022
All of these exhibitions highlight the complex stories and events that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s in Danville at the height of the civil rights movement.
“These 2 Music Museums have just been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail – How to visit”
FEBRUARY 3, 2022
TRAVEL + LEISURE
National Museum of African American Music opened last year, while The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, sits on the original site of Stax Records studio, paying tribute to the artists who recorded there.
The fight for Civil Rights in the US was not one of contained narrative, but a series of episodes, the latest of which is still unfolding to this day. The locations of some of its most important battles, from the beautiful (marchers hand in hand in Selma, Alabama) to the nightmarish (those same marchers set on by police dogs) are writ into Southern soil and soul.
The U.S. Civil Rights Trail stretches across 15 states and includes over 120 historical sites and monuments. We’re highlighting some of the trail’s high-tech features and must-visit landmarks.
“Greensboro: Civil Rights Center and Museum works with author to launch Civil Rights Trail experience”
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
“Greensboro is known as one of the places where the Civil Rights Movement started. Now, you can experience history in a new way at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greenboro, thanks to Alabama Tourism Director and author Lee Sentell.”
“The author of a book on notable U.S. civil rights locations was in Greensboro this week unveiling what’s called an ‘augmented reality component.’ The technology allows pictures, news clippings, and videos to come to life on your phone.”
“Sentell’s new book follows the Civil Rights Trail’s path through troubles and triumph”
AUGUST 18, 2021
“The path to civil rights was long and winding, bold and bloody, and in many ways continues as the nation struggles with today’s version of racial justice.”
“Southern cities epicenter of civil rights history, flanked by Topeka and D.C.”
AUGUST 2, 2021
“The roadmap of America’s struggle for civil rights runs through southern hotspots of Selma, Memphis, Jackson, Little Rock, Montgomery, Greensboro and Birmingham while extending to the western outpost of Topeka and northern crossroads of Washington, D.C.”
“Civil rights trail runs through Topeka. This new book serves as a guide to those visiting those important sites.”
JULY 30, 2021
“Brown v. Board and Topeka are listed and detailed in ‘The Official U.S. Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World,’ a book authored by Lee Sentell, Alabama’s tourism director. The book shares history about the cities, states and landmarks that played a role in the civil rights movement.”
“U.S. Civil Rights Trail companion book a showcase for Alabama history”
JULY 27, 2021
“You can’t tell the history of the South without talking about the Civil War, the Confederacy and the civil rights movement,’ Sentell said in a recent interview with Alabama NewsCenter.”
“Stirring Images of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail from Its Official Companion Book”
JULY 17, 2021
“Stretching across 14 states, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail connects more than 100 churches, schools, courthouses, homes, museums, and memorials that have played a role in the struggle of Black Americans to achieve fundamental freedoms.”
“By highlighting cities that played host to significant events during the civil rights movement, a new book aims to make that complex history easier to understand and pass its legacy on to younger generations.”
“Alabama Tourism Department director Lee Sentell pens book on civil rights trail”
JUNE 23, 2021
AL.COM AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
“The Official United States Civil Rights Trail’ companion book includes a timeline of events from 1954 through 1969 and a list of more than 120 civil rights landmarks as well as featuring 14 cities where people can visit sites that help bring the history to life.”
“‘Footprints’ Of History: New Civil Rights Trail Book Prominently Features Atlanta Sites”
JUNE 23, 2021
WABE – NPR AFFILIATE
“Lee Sentell says the idea for ‘The Official United States Civil Rights Trail’ came from a conversation he had years ago with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice.”
“New book lists major Southern sites from the civil rights movement”
JUNE 22, 2021
“The book serves as companion to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail website, and includes more than 120 destinations across 14 states, including nearly a dozen in Georgia such as historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Apex Museum.”
“The New U.S. Civil Rights Trail has more than 100 stops throughout the South”
NOVEMBER 7, 2017
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
Thanks to the debut of the country’s first official Civil Rights Trail, you’ll soon be able to walk in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and a number of other social justice heroes.