Civil Rights Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa will become an important tourist destination for civil rights history through the implementation of a civil rights trail, museum, and other resources recognizing historical honesty as a vital companion to economic, moral, and intellectual prosperity.
Mission & Purpose
The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force seeks to bring about positive change and reconciliation through collecting, preserving, and telling the stories of the important struggle for civil rights in Tuscaloosa.
To that end we shall work to:
- Establish a Civil Rights Trail for the city and environs;
- Place Tuscaloosa on the Alabama Civil Rights Trail;
- Locate markers in appropriate, significant areas;
- Offer tours of these locations;
- Collect artifacts and memorabilia (or digital representations) for the purposes of preservation and exhibition;
- Provide opportunities for community events;
- Plan for an eventual Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Museum.
This community endeavor includes Tuscaloosa area citizens who experienced and participated in the events of “Bloody Tuesday”, leaders within the community, and faculty and staff and students from Stillman College and the University of Alabama.
- Document existing inventory, continue collection of oral histories, solicit and archive new, relevant materials.
- Honor the guiding leadership, bravery and sacrifice of those who were participants.
- Ensure that awareness of these past events is available to all citizens who are part of the Tuscaloosa community.
- Enable individuals and organizations to utilize the “learning lessons” of the Schoolhouse Door, Bloody Tuesday, Autherine Lucy, Paul Jones, Thomas Linton and others to facilitate social behaviors of inclusiveness and respect.
- Present these assembled materials through public programming such as lectures, exhibits, media, open meetings, discussion groups and other purposeful activities.
Courtesy of Dr. Chandra Clark’s Digital News Class, Spring 2018.
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