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The Civil Rights Trail

By Linda Tancs

Established in 2018, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail spans 15 states and the District of Columbia. It charts the course of the Civil Rights Movement, beginning with the site of school integration and ending at the Supreme Court. Along the way is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks defining the quest for social justice. Nearly a quarter of the 100-plus sites are in Alabama, considered by many to be ground zero for the movement. Famous sites include the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s where sit-ins began; the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee; and Dr. King’s birthplace in Atlanta. Check the trail’s website often for the addition of new cities and sites.

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