In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s decree that freed slaves in the South during the Civil War, Travel South USA announced it is launching the official U.S. Civil Rights Trail on January 1, 2018.
The new trail will spread across the South and feature landmarks of the Civil Rights Era – the 1950s and 60s. Spots of the trail include the Birmingham, Alabama, church bombed by the Klan; the Selma, Alabama, bridge where demonstrators were attacked, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace in Atlanta; the Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina where black students occupied a “whites only” diner for a sit-in; the Little Rock, Arkansas, school where federal troops were deployed to enforce school integration; and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where King was assassinated.
More than 80 sites will be featured on the trail, many of which are operated by the National Park Service. Find stops along the trail and more information by visiting the website of the Civil Rights Trail.