Southern states that when fought to take care of racial segregation at the moment are banding collectively to advertise civil rights tourism at websites together with the constructing the place the Confederacy was born and the motel the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.
Fourteen states stretching from Kansas to Delaware, together with all the Deep South, are becoming a member of to advertise the U.S. Civil Rights Path, which can spotlight about one hundred thirty websites linked to the fashionable civil rights motion. The joint effort is being unveiled as a part of the MLK vacation weekend.
Particular person Southern states have used such promotions for years, starting with a black historical past path launched by Alabama within the Nineteen Eighties, however by no means earlier than have they joined collectively in a single push to bolster civil rights tourism, stated Lee Sentell, a pacesetter of the trouble.
“Everybody needs to showcase their landmarks. For the U.S. Civil Rights Path, we’re saying ‘What occurred right here modified the world,'” stated Sentell, Alabama’s tourism director.
Most states collaborating within the promotion are a part of the Atlanta-based mostly Journey South USA, which is funded by state tourism businesses to lure guests to the area. The group has launched civilrightstrail.com and is putting ads in nationwide magazines to advertise the path.
Landmarks on the trial embrace church buildings, courthouses, faculties, companies and different websites that performed a…