In the 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement forever changed the course of history in America. Many of the places that created the environment for such a monumental change can be found here, in our own backyard. Alabama’s role in the civil rights movement is undeniable. Across the state, our towns and villages have become the backdrop for sit-ins, marches, protests and protests that have opened the world’s eyes to the inequalities, injustice and bigotry that prevail in our country. Almost 70 years later, the sacrifices made by many Americans to advance the cause of equality are greater than ever. And now more than ever, it’s important to reflect on this story.
Covering 120 landmarks in 15 southern states (plus Washington DC), the United States Civil Rights Trail allows individuals to follow the stories of thousands of brave Americans fighting for change. The recently released US Civil Rights Trail official book takes visitors on a journey through inclusive schooling, protest marches, freedom rides and sit-ins, but the best way to learn is by visiting the sites themselves on a trip on the theme of civil rights.
In Alabama alone, take a road trip to see 8 different cities and learn about the role each played in the movement. Alabama destinations include Anniston, Monroeville, Scottsboro, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee. If you don’t have time to complete the entire road trip, it’s easy to take a day trip or weekend trip to explore one city at a time.
Here’s your guide to exploring the Civil Rights Trail in Tuskegee:
(This is part of a series on the Alabama Civil Rights Trail)