TAKING HISTORY TO THE STREETS
Raising Historic Awareness & Harnessing Cultural Tourism
The City of Birmingham and the Mayor’s Office of Special Projects proudly presents The Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail Program. The Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail, when completed over the next few months in center city Birmingham, will carry you through more than 70 sites of national merit designated by the National Register of Historic Places, throughout the downtown Civil Rights District and beyond. Soon you will see, read and know the unforgettable role that Birmingham played in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, in the once segregated South and on the streets where the protests actually occurred. Supported by a blue ribbon advisory committee stocked with historians and foot soldiers, Renee Kemp-Rotan, as Director of the Trail has designed highly innovative signage prototypes that cleverly place life-size pictures of the Movement near places where these original photos were taken in the 1960’s. The City has contracted the expertise of Avant Media for all text research and BIG Communications for the graphic design. Each sign is delivered in pairs with pictures, quotes and lesson assignments. The Downtown Trail begins at the Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park and takes you through four Routes: The March to Government, The March to Retail with Trail Routes to education and many cultural destination sites, originally recorded by the Birmingham Historical Society. When the project is complete, 4 other civil rights areas will be added to the Trail: Bethel Church, Birmingham Jail, Dynamite Hill and the Shuttlesworth Airport as interactive cultural gateways to this city of history. Start at Kelly Ingram Park and get ready to ‘walk the walk’!