Tailor-made Trips to Georgia & Alabama
From the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama to some of the critical battlegrounds of the Civil War, Montgomery and Atlanta are unmissable destinations for any student of history. America's historic heartland is sure to leave a lasting impression and will provide a unique and interesting destination for a school trip or educational tour.
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Reasons to Visit
Civil Rights Memorial (Alabama)
This beautiful and fitting monument in Montgomery, Alabama, designed by Maya Lin, honors those who died during the civil rights movement and serves as a vehicle for education and reflection on the struggle for equality. In addition to state-of-the-art exhibits and in-depth information about Civil Rights Movement martyrs, the Civil Rights Memorial Center houses a 56-seat theater, a classroom for educational activities, a section dedicated to contemporary social justice issues and the Wall of Tolerance.
Sweet Auburn Avenue Visitor Center (Georgia)
The hub of African-American culture at the turn of the century. Many of Atlanta's black leaders, entrepreneurs and artists congregated in the Sweet Auburn district, and although the area experienced a period of decline, tremendous preservation efforts have brought a rebirth to the area. The Sweet Auburn district is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a historic site that includes a visitor center depicting the story of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.
16th Street Baptist Church (Alabama)
On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls. This murderous act shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. The deaths of the children followed by the loss of President Kennedy two months later gave birth to a tide of grief and anger--a surge of emotional momentum that helped ensure the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Martin Luther King Birthplace (Georgia)
The Birth Home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr., may be visited only with a park ranger led tour. You will need to register to tour the Birth Home of Dr. King. Reservations are handled on a first-come first-serve basis on the day of your tour, in person. No advance reservations can be made. The tour is strictly limited to 15 people per tour.
Ebenezer Baptist Church (Georgia)
Throughout its long history, Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a spiritual home to many citizens of the "Sweet Auburn" community. Its most famous member, Martin Luther King, Jr., was baptized as a child in the church. In 1960 Dr. King, Jr. became a co-pastor of Ebenezer with his father, "Daddy" King. He remained in that position until his death in 1968. As a final farewell to his spiritual home Dr. King, Jr.'s funeral was held in the church.
Center for Nonviolent Social Change (Georgia)
Run by his son, Dexter Scott King, the centre is part memorial and part education centre located close to where Dr King grew up. Outside the centre, Dr King's white marble crypt stands in Freedom Plaza, surrounded by a pool of water with a small pavilion in which an eternal flame burns. Inside, visitors find the world's largest collection of books and materials documenting the civil rights movement.
Kelly Ingram Park (Alabama)
Kelly Ingram Park (historically West Park), served as a central staging ground for large-scale protests organised by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to end segregation in Birmingham. In May 1963 the authorities turned on the protesters, most of them children and high school students with police dogs and firehoses. Images were broadcast internationally, spurring a public outcry turning the nation's attention to the struggle for racial equality.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Alabama)
The Institute has one simple mission: “to promote civil and human rights world-wide, through education”. Journey through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s/60s and on to the human rights struggles of today with a tour of the permanent exhibitions. Witness firsthand the powerful lessons of the Movement.
Selma to Montgomery Interpretative Center (Alabama)
Built in memory of those who peacefully marched 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery for the right to vote. Exhibits in, Selma Alabama, portray the events of the march including the murder of Viola Liuzzo, a white woman who assisted the marchers; and the establishment of Tent City which benefited families dislodged by white landowners in Lowndes County.
National Voting Rights Museum (Alabama)
Located in the Historic District of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the scene of “Bloody Sunday,” the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute is the cornerstone of the contemporary struggle for voting rights and human dignity.
The Dexter Parsonage Museum (Alabama)
This 91-year-old structure is the former home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family in Montgomery, Alabama. It has been fully restored with the original furniture and furnishings used by the King family. See the actual pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood at this national historic site.
Rosa Parks Library & Museum (Alabama)
Experience the courageous spirit of Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old seamstress who sparked the modern civil rights movement by taking a stand while keeping her seat. Watch a re-enactment of the events and listen to actual participants of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.
First White House of the Confederacy (Alabama)
Visit the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family. They lived in the home while Montgomery was the Capital of the Confederate States of America. Today, it contains period furnishings and many of Davis’ personal belongings.
Alabama State Capitol
The only state capitol designated a National Historic Landmark where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America. The historic Senate and House of Representatives Chambers, the old Supreme Court Chambers and the original Governor’s office have been restored to the Civil War era.
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