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New Civil Heritage Trail debuts in downtown Montgomery

New Civil Heritage Trail, which unifies Civil War & Civil Rights history in Montgomery to be unveiled. New Civil Heritage Trail, which unifies Civil War & Civil Rights history in Montgomery to be unveiled.
You'll be seeing these blue bike racks around downtown Montgomery, denoting stops on the new Civil Heritage Trail. You'll be seeing these blue bike racks around downtown Montgomery, denoting stops on the new Civil Heritage Trail.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery's Downtown Business Association debuted a new Civil Heritage Trail Friday. The trail unifies a large number of Civil War and Civil Rights historic sites and attractions.

This trail highlights the fact that Montgomery is the only city in the country where both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement began. The tour includes stops that tell the story of how events in Montgomery, Alabama changed the world.

Inspired by Boston's Freedom Trail, Jeff Dean, a native of Montgomery, introduced the initial concept of a civil heritage trail to the DMBA several years ago. The DBA adopted the project as a way to enhance tourism and commerce in the downtown area and to encourage awareness and interest in these historic sites.  Downtown business owners hope that as the trail grows in popularity, it will draw more people to the downtown area, increasing patronage of local businesses and enhancing the downtown area.

In order to make the trail easy to follow, each site is indicated visually by a blue bike rack near or on the grounds of each site. Brochures and maps are also available at the Montgomery Visitor Center for the self-guided trail 3.5 miles trail.

The trail begins at the Montgomery Visitor Center at 300 Water Street and continues to the following locations:

Riverfront Park and Harriott II Riverboat

Rosa L. Parks Library and Museum and Children's Wing Around Court Square

Court Square Fountain

Winter Building

Freedom Rides Museum at the Greyhound Bus Station

Civil Rights Memorial & Center

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Department of Archives and History

First White House of the Confederacy

Old Alabama Town

St. John's Episcopal Church

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