African American Heritage Tours
Since 2000, we have planted educational tours with a specific focus on black history. For years we have been sending groups on these exciting tours, filled with locations from pivotal moments in black history and rich with the stories of its most prominent players. These tours include schools, churches, birthplaces, museums, and national historic sites devoted to honoring African Americans, their struggle for equal rights in this country, and their profound contributions to the nation. Here are a few highlights from our popular itineraries:
The beauty and intrigue of historic Atlanta sites and landmarks reminds visitors of the city’s past amid a thriving urban setting. From historic African-American colleges and universities to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and The King Center, Atlanta’s past is at every corner. Enjoy guided tours and shopping along six blocks of Underground Atlanta or catch a show at the historic Fox Theater. Other historic places in Atlanta include restaurants, shopping districts, parks, museums and antebellum homes, all of which make a walk through Atlanta’s history an unforgettable experience. Be sure to visit include some of the visit some of these historic sites: Ebeneezer Baptist Church, The Royal Peacock and SCLC Headquarters.
Start your tour at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, an interpretive museum that depicts the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. You will be enchanted by old and new exhibits that tell the story of a people and a movement. Across the street, visit the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, bombed by Klansmen in 1963, killing four little girls. Stroll through Kelly Ingram Park where sculptures depict the reality of the police dogs and fire hoses that were turned on demonstrators who gathered here to protest segregation laws. Of particular interest is the Lowndes County Interpretive Center- This is the site dedicated to people who peacefully marched 54 miles to the state’s capitol to gain the right to vote. Voters Rights Museum-See artifacts from the event where marchers were met by armed police officers and state troopers who refused to allow them to pass. The Tuskegee Airmen National Park is dedicated to the military men selected to despite the fact that African Americans were barred from combat.
Jacksonville is rich with African American history; explore stops along Florida’s Black Heritage Trail, including the Catharine Street Fire Station, now home to the Jacksonville Fire Museum and the Clara White Mission, founded by a former slave and in operation for over 100 years. Take in a live performance at the Ritz Theater & Museum in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity in the 1920s-1960s, it was known as the “Harlem of the South.” Fort Mose is home to the earliest legal settlement for free Africans and the precursor site to the Underground Railroad. Soak up the history, bring a picnic, and view abundant wildlife in this beautiful, riverfront park.
Mississippi was a crucial “battleground” in the American Civil Rights Movement. Even today, there are plenty of reminders of the important role that Mississippi played in African-American history. A tour of Jackson the state capital will take you past the home of slain NAACP leader Medgar Evers as well as Freedom Corner. You will relive a dramatic and inspirational story that is Mississippi’s African-American history.
A visit to Mississippi might be combined with visits to Memphis, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana. Your time spent in Mississippi might include: Black History Museum of Corinth, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Delta Blues Museum, Sonny Boy Williamson’s grave, W.C. Handy’s former residence, Old Capitol Historical Museum, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Medgar Evers’ Home, Piney Woods Country Life School, Natchez, the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River, Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church, Tougaloo College, Alcorn State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University.