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Civil Rights Trail App

Recently, we were traveling through Alabama, passing through Mobile, Montgomery and Tuskegee, on our way to Atlanta. These cities, plus many more, all played a part in the South’s Civil Rights history, but you won’t necessarily know that looking at them from the interstate. We remembered reading about the Tuskegee Airmen and university, but weren’t sure what there was to see off the exit. And we knew there had to be some good BBQ in Montgomery, plus similar historic sites.

For those of you who’ve asked yourself these same questions, there’s now an app for that. Edith Parten with Alabama’s tourism department, along with Francis Smiley, a resource for black heritage and Civil Rights, launched the Alabama Civil Rights Trail app earlier this month, after watching the state’s physical trail markers become an international tourist destination. The app includes attractions, historic sites, insider tips and places to eat and stay along the trail. Parten of course hits highlights like Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute, Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, but do you know where Coretta Scott King’s family home and grocery are located or where the last lynching in Mobile took place? How about where to find the largest slave cemetery in the South or house where Dr. Martin Luther King lived?

Maps and insider tips (like ask for tour guide Mrs. Cherry at the MLK house) help guide you along the trail, and each site has hours, cost and contact info. Visited some of these places before? Leave a comment about your experience or click the “Got somethin’ to add?” button. If you get hungry or need a place to sleep along the way, the Alabama Civil Rights Trail app has you covered.

Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail is available from iTunes for $2.99. We don’t recommend taking another Southern road trip without it!

Looking for other Southern-themed apps? Here are a few more to check out:

Myrtle Beach’s Best

Southern Slang Dictionary

A Story Like No Other (Louisiana’s African American Heritage Trail)

New Orleans’ Best Bars

North Georgia

Atlanta Essential Guide

Georgia Historic Markers

Charleston For Foodies


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