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U.S. Civil Rights Trail features 11 Georgia sites

Newly developed trail allows visitors to walk in the footsteps of civil rights leaders

  • The King Center in Atlanta

Atlanta, Jan. 16, 2018 – Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced today the inclusion of 11 historic sites on the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

For the first time, 14 Southern tourism departments have worked together to link the country’s most important civil rights sites - more than 130 landmarks, including museums, churches, courthouses and memorials that were pivotal to the advancement of social equality during the 1950s and 1960s.

“Georgia has always been a centerpiece of the Civil Rights Movement. As the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia is flourishing with existing landmarks and museums that immortalize this piece of monumental history,” said Kevin Langston, GDEcD deputy commissioner for tourism. “Much of this history can be experienced at the 11 sites in Georgia, and we encourage travelers to visit the other sites across the South during their trip. At every point along the trail, people will be walking where leaders of the Civil Rights Movement walked, connecting them at an intimate level to this important story.”

The trail features 11 sites in Georgia that each have a strong connection to the state’s civil rights heritage. The sites include:

  • Albany Civil Rights Institute, Albany
    The institute includes a museum, research center and the rehabilitated Old Mount Zion Baptist Church, which was home to the Albany Movement.
  • APEX Museum, Atlanta
    The rich and often untold story of African and African-American history and culture is depicted here through exhibits, artifacts and presentations.
  • Dorchester Academy Boys' Dormitory, Midway
    Once a school for African American children, Dorchester’s dormitory was used by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to train activists and leaders during the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
    The church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was baptized, ordained and served as co-pastor with his father until 1968. It also functioned as a spiritual haven during the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building, Atlanta
    This building housed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which worked to enforce Brown vs. Board of Education while fostering and implementing significant civil rights legislation.  
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home, Atlanta
    Dr. King spent his formative years in this home on Atlanta's Auburn Avenue.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta 
    Dr. King’s birth home was also the site of his baptism and ordination, and the early headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta
    Exhibits at this multicultural center highlight the Civil Rights Movement and the modern human rights movement.
  • The Carter Center, Atlanta
    The namesake for former president Jimmy Carter, a tireless advocate for civil and human rights, includes the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
  • The King Center, Atlanta
    The crypts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and the Eternal Flame are on the King Center grounds, along with Freedom Hall, and exhibition, event and resource space.
  • Shiloh Baptist Church, Albany
    A historical marker commemorates the day Dr. King spoke to more than 1,500 people at Mount Zion Baptist Church, so many that the crowd spilled over to Shiloh Church.

The mission of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is to turn a complicated history into a transformative journey of meaningful discovery.  By combining the events, people, places, and stories that defined the Civil Rights Movement, the Trail connects and commemorates the Movement through immersive and educational travel experiences, and will share the stories that shifted the course of history.

The website civilrightstrail.com profiles the landmarks and offers an interactive map, interviews with foot soldiers, past and present photographs and 360-degree video as special features. To experience more Civil Rights heritage in Georgia and to view each site on the trail, visit ExploreGeorgia.org.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts events and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. www.georgia.org