Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum at Old Mount Zion
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By: Associated Press
January 16, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Southern states are banding together to promote civil rights tourism across the region.

Fourteen states, including all of the Deep South, are joining to promote the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It's a tourism website and campaign that will highlight about 130 sites linked to the modern civil rights movement.

Individual Southern states have used such promotions for years, but Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says the states have never before joined together in a single push to bolster civil rights tourism.

Most states participating in the promotion are part of Travel South USA, which is funded by state tourism agencies. The organization has launched and is placing advertisements to promote the trail.

Destinations in Georgia include Albany, Atlanta, and Midway. According to the website, Albany was a key location of civil rights efforts in the region with the formation of the Albany Movement. Guests can visit the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum at Old Mount Zion and the Shiloh Baptist Church.

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