U.S. Civil Rights Trail Continues to Grow, Adding 4 New Landmarks

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail has added four important landmarks to their collection of 130-plus U.S. Civil Rights Trail sites, joining other sites across 14 states.

U.S. Civil Rights Trail Continues to Grow, Adding 4 New Landmarks
Courtesy of The International African American Museum

Four important landmarks were added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail for their continuing effort to raise tourists’ awareness of places significant to the Civil Rights Movement. These new sites will join the trail’s churches, courthouses, schools, museums, and other landmarks, found primarily in southern states, where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.

“We are thrilled to welcome these sites officially to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail,” said Mark Ezell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance. “We look forward to engaging with these new sites to bring awareness of an immersive cultural experience for visitors seeking to learn from our past and build hope for our future.”

The newest class of US Civil Rights Trail sites for 2024 include:

  • The International African American Museum (Charleston, SC). Located in the area that was once a hub for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, this site is the only curated museum in South Carolina that interprets the state’s pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and does so by illustrating the events that led to it.
  • The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery (Memphis, TN). The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery houses the work of Ernest Withers Sr., an internationally acclaimed photographer and photojournalist recognized for his iconic photographs of Memphis and the broader South during the civil rights era.
  • The Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail (Fredericksburg, VA). This series of sites was created to recognize the places and people that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement. The 21-stop trail has two parts: Part 1 is a 2.6-mile walking tour through Fredericksburg’s historic downtown district. Visitors can start at the Fredericksburg Center, where trail maps are available. Part 2 is a 1.9-mile driving tour with stops on the University of Mary Washington campus, Shiloh Cemetery, and the Dorothy Hart Community Center.
  • Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church (Montgomery, AL). Over 5,000 people congregated here soon after Rosa Parks’ arrest to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give a stirring speech promoting nonviolent protest methods that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail provides a way for families, travelers, and educators to experience history firsthand. Some of the most famous U.S. Civil Rights Trail sites include…

Three Georgia cities — Atlanta, Albany, and Midway — are home to spots on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. This Civil Rights Trail Georgia Itinerary is a great place to get started. Here are the Georgia landmarks that are currently part of the trail…

Atlanta

Albany

Midway

Want to learn more? Check out these 15 Epic Civil Rights Museum Stops Designed To Defeat Hate.

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U.S. Civil Rights Trail Continues to Grow, Adding 4 New Landmarks