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Day 1 – Arrive in Selma, AL, the Queen City of the Black Belt and Butterfly Capital of Alabama. Meet your local guide who will lead you on a Footprints to Freedom Tour which will include a visit to the historic Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, known as the starting point for the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights marches of 1965. Your guide will take you across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where approximately 600 civil rights protesters were attacked and drove back to Selma. Because of the attacks, March 7, 1965 became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
Included in your tour is a visit the Selma Interpretive Center which is located at the foot of the bridge. The Center offers a 25-minute film, exhibits and a book store. Next will be a stop at the National Voting Rights Museum where you can view memorabilia honoring the attainment of Voting Rights in the summer of 1965.
At the Old Depot Museum take a look back and reflect on Selma’s cultural heritage, from the days of the pre-historic Indians who lived in the region, before and after the Civil War and through the days of the Civil Rights Movement.
Late afternoon arrive in Montgomery, AL and check into your hotel for a two night stay. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.
Day 2 – This morning after breakfast begin with a guided tour of the Rosa Parks Library & Museum at Troy University. The museum s constructed on the site of the old Empire Theatre where Mrs. Parks made her courageous and historic stand in 1955. In a non-violent and non-threatening manner, six distinct and unique areas inside the museum tell her story of courage and bravery.
Next you will tour the Civil Rights Memorial & Center in Montgomery AL dedicated to the 40 people who lost their lives in the struggle for the equal and integrated treatment of all people, regardless of race, during the Civil rights Movement in the United States.
Then you will visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pastored from 1954-1960 and began his quest for civil rights. In this National Historic Landmark, see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery bus boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King’s civil rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.
Following your visit to the Church you will tour the First White House of the Confederacy, the Executive Residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery, AL. It is completely furnished with original period pieces from the 1850s and 1860s, the 1835 Italianate style house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974 and is located across from the south side of the Alabama State Capitol.
This afternoon visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum at Moton Field in Tuskegee Alabama. The site where the first African American military pilots were trained to fly the Army’s PT-17 Stearman Bi-plane.
Next enjoy a guided tour of Booker T. Washington’s Home “The Oaks.” The Oaks was built in 1899 by Booker T. Washington using bricks made by the students and faculty at Tuskegee Institute, the house sits adjacent to the campus on property owned by Washington.
Dinner is included this evening at the Fried Tomato Buffet in Montgomery, AL.
Day 3 – First stop this morning will be in Camden, AL where you will enjoy a walking tour of the Wilcox County Historical District. You will be able to peek into history at some of the local attractions including, Dale Masonic Lodge, Wilcox Female Institute and the Wilcox County courthouse.
Then it’s off to Black Belt Treasures a non-profit retail gallery in Camden that features the works of a cross section of talented painters, sculptors, potters, basket weavers, wood workers and quilters who have banded together to showcase their wares. You will be able to meet some of the local artists, perhaps learn how to cane a chair or get messy digging your hand in clay to make your own pottery!
Following the visit to Black Belt Treasures you will board the Gee’s Bend Ferry and enjoy a portion of the Alabama Scenic River Trail on your way to Gee’s Bend. The trail begins near the Alabama/Georgia line near Cedar Bluff and winds its way down to Mobile. It represents the nation’s longest one-state river trail system.
Arrive in Gee’s Bend a small rural community located in a curve in the Alabama River in the northern part of Wilcox County, AL. Founded in the early 1800s, it was the site of cotton plantations. After the Civil War, the freed slaves became tenant farmers and founded an all black community that was nearly isolated from the surrounding world. The women in the community created quilts as a means of supporting their families. Follow the Quilt Mural Trail, ten large murals each containing a painting of one of the quilts from the U. S. Postage Stamp Collection placed along the route through Gee’s Bend. Stop at the Quilt Collective building at the end of the Quilt Mural Trail and meet some of the quilters and hear some of the history about the area and how Gee’s Bend Pettways got their name. Perhaps purchase a quilt or even sew a square or two.
This afternoon following your visit at Gee’s Bend you will depart for home.