This trip can be flexible to your group needs as to pace, overnight accommodations, meals cooked on the bus kitchen etc. We suggest starting this trip on Sunday morning in New Orleans by attending a gospel church service and then visiting Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park where we may be lucky enough to see the drummers and dancers that still gather there on Sunday afternoons. There we begin to understand the power of the place where so much of American music has its roots. From Congo Square we roll out of New Orleans make our dinner and camp for the night. Monday morning we take in the Whitney Plantation Museum devoted to slavery and take a guided tour. From there we’ll attend the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson and camp near Memphis. On Tuesday morning we’ll tour the National Civil Rights Museum at the site where Dr. King was slain.
Out of Memphis later on Tuesday we’ll stop in Holly Springs, MS to meet the Kimbroughs family where’ll they’ll take some time to talk with us about Blues music before camping for the night. Wednesday takes us over to Birmingham where we’ll spend the morning touring Civil Rights Landmarks including Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and 16th Street Baptist Church. Thursday has us driving down to Montgomery where we’ll see the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Freedom Rides Museum and the Civil Rights Memorial Center. We’ll drive out of town toward Selma and park the bus along the route of the march from Selma to Montgomery and camp near the same spot the marchers camped. Friday has us in Selma where we’ll learn from local guides the significance of the Selma marches. After learning about Selma we’ll give back through a service project in Selma. Saturday morning we can visit the Gee's Bend quilters before departing for New Orleans with an arrival back in New Orleans Saturday evening.
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The Civil Rights History Tour of the South is scheduled by groups from October through May. Individuals can inquire about joining a group that is already scheduled. This trip is mainly focused on learning civil rights history by visiting historic sites and visiting with people who lived that history. We generally schedule at least one service project. For more info visit our website or call Steve at 608 632 6325.