From voting rights marches in Selma and bus boycotts in Montgomery to sober reminders of tragic events in Birmingham, the state of Alabama played a vital role in the fight for civil rights. Along with BCRI, there are many other civil rights-era sites and interpretive centers that have been preserved and made open to the public in Alabama:
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee -
This National Park Service site was the location of training for the black airmen during World War II. The site has exhibits and shows historic films that depict the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is located off I-85 between Atlanta and Montgomery and is adjacent to Moton Field.
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee -
Another great place to visit while in Tuskegee is the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site which is on the campus of Tuskegee University. It features the George Washington Carver Museum and The Oaks, the home of the first Tuskegee Institute President, Booker T. Washington. The Carver Museum features specimens, products, and crafts for the famous inventor and scientist, George Washington Carver, who was an instructor at Tuskegee Institute. The Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site and Tuskegee University is near downtown Tuskegee.Civil Rights Memorial and Center, Montgomery
- The Civil Rights Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the memory of those killed during the Civil Rights movement. Created by the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin, the black granite memorial is located in an open plaza adjacent to the Southern Poverty Law Center and it is accessible 24 hours a day.Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery - J
ust around the corner from the Civil Rights Memorial and located just blocks from the Alabama State Capitol building is the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. This is the church that Martin Luther King, Jr. was serving as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is located on Dexter Avenue at the corner of Decatur Street.Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Montgomery
- Located on the site of the old Empire Theater and on the present-day campus of Troy University at Montgomery, the Rosa Parks Museum highlights the legacy of the woman who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and ultimately the beginning of the modern Civil Rights era. The Edmund Pettus Bridge
is another site to visit and cross while in Selma. The bridge is located on U.S. 80 as it crosses the Alabama River in downtown Selma and is adjacent to the National Voting Rights Museum. The Edmund Pettus Bridge is also the starting point for the Selma to Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.
The Selma to Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail,
between Selma and Mongtomery - The trail is a 50 mile long historic route that the non-violent Civil Rights protestors marched in 1965 on their way to the state capitol in Montgomery. This road, U.S. Highway 80, leads from Selma to Montgomery and has several points of interest identified along the way.
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