Miami Florida AdobeStock CascadeCreatives

Florida landmarks now part of US Civil Rights Trail

Visit Florida has announced that five of the six new sites added to the US Civil Rights Trail are Florida landmarks.

The trail is designed by the US Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Launched in January of last year, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of more than 100 sites in 15 states, including churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks, where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. Visit Florida, in partnership with Florida tourism development boards and Travel South USA, the official regional destination marketing organisation for the southern United States, worked together to include the new sites.  

Governor Ron DeSantis said, "The civil rights movement was a historical turning point for our nation and our state, and it is a privilege to have Florida landmarks now included on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. I encourage residents and visitors alike to explore these sites and learn about the history, individuals and sacrifices that helped advance social equality in our country and improve the quality of life for all Floridians." 

The five Florida sites now featured on the US Civil Rights Trail are the Bay County Courthouse in Panama City, the Harry T & Harriette V Moore Memorial Park & Museum in Mims, Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, the National Historic Preservation District in St. Augustine and the Newtown African American Heritage Trail in Sarasota.  

Visit Florida president and CEO Dana Young said: "VISIT FLORIDA is dedicated to promoting Florida's diversity while also showcasing and preserving our state's rich heritage. I am thrilled to see Florida destinations now included on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. These newly dedicated sites that tell of the heroic accounts that changed history will provide meaningful experiences for visitors as they expand their knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement." 

The Bay County Courthouse commemorates the Gideon v. Wainwright case that granted defendants the right to counsel in criminal trials. The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park & Museum honors Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore, activists and educators who established the first branch of the NAACP in Brevard County and later established the NAACP Florida State Conference in their fight for racial justice and equality for black citizens in the State of Florida. Historic Dodgertown, opened in 1948, was the first fully integrated Major League Baseball spring training site in the South and is the only sports affiliation on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The National Historic Preservation District in St. Augustine includes historic markers and locations where numerous peaceful marches were organised in protest of racial segregation. The Newtown African American Heritage Trail documents the 100-year history of a community and celebrates civil rights activists who organised car caravans and traveled a special route to local beaches for wade-ins to protest segregation.

Go to visitflorida.com/heritage to find out more.


More News...

Princess Cruises returns …

Princess Cruises returns to Tahiti for Autumn 2020 season

Princess Cruises has announced it will return to Tahiti in autumn 2020 and sailings will be made available on the 670-guest Pacific Princess. 

Praia D'El Rey Marriott o…

Praia D'El Rey Marriott offers spring golf breaks

Portugal’s five-star Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort is offering this spring four-night, three-round breaks starting from 416 Euros per person.

Travelsphere launches 14 …

Travelsphere launches 14 new festive tours

Travelsphere has launched 14 new European and Worldwide tours for the festive season in 2019.

One in eight Britons who …

One in eight Britons who have skived off work did so to go on holiday

New research by Jetcost has found that 12% of Britons have taken unscheduled time off work to go on holiday and the reasons for doing so were found to be...

Just You launches River C…

Just You launches River Cruise brochure for solo travellers

Just You has launched a dedicated river cruise brochure for its trade partners.

Three million people to t…

Three million people to take advantage of back-to-back Bank Holidays

More than three million people will be making the most of the back-to-back Bank Holidays by taking a trip overseas or enjoying a long staycation, finds new research from ABTA– The...

Club Med unveils La Point…

Club Med unveils La Pointe aux Canonniers in Mauritius post renovation

Club Med, has unveiled details of its renovated La Pointe aux Canonniers resort. 

Super Break puts 2020 Nor…

Super Break puts 2020 North Iceland short break on sale

Super Break has put its 2020 programme of short breaks to North Iceland on sale for agents to promote.

Fred. Olsen kicks off sec…

Fred. Olsen kicks off second season of Brabant European River Cruising

Fred. Olsen River Cruises has returned to the waterways of Europe this month with its first sailing for 2019 – a five-night 'Springtime Dutch Discovery' fly-cruise from Amsterdam –  with...

Corinthia Hotels set to o…

Corinthia Hotels set to open first property in the Middle East

Corinthia Hotels has announced the opening of its first hotel in the Middle East.

Ocean cruises in 2018 hit…

Ocean cruises in 2018 hit a record high, reveals CLIA Cruise Review

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has published figures from its annual Cruise Review industry report, which looks at cruise figures and stats from 2018 including the total number of passengers,...

Singapore Airlines launc…

Singapore Airlines launches special fares on 40 destinations ahead of Easter

To celebrate the first bank holidays of the year and the Easter long weekend, Singapore Airlines has launched special fares on 40 routes from the UK with return flights as...

Prev Next

twn Are you sure that you want to switch to desktop version?