Help Save the Sites of the Civil Rights Movement

Background Information

From coast to coast, the heroic battles of the African American civil rights movement were waged in classrooms, at lunch counters, and in our public squares. However, despite being poignant reminders and enduring tributes to this seminal moment in our history, many of these sites are at serious risk of being lost.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched a campaign to save these important places for future generations. Please join us in urging members of Congress to take the first step in creating a National Civil Right Heritage Trail by becoming co-sponsors of the “United States Civil Rights Trail Special Resource Study Act of 2009.” This legislation would authorize a study to identify the places associated with the movement to secure racial equality.

Contacting your Senator only takes a few minutes using our online form, and every e-mail counts.

What You Can Do

  • Contact your Senators and ask him or her to become a co-sponsor of S. 1802, "The United States Civil Rights Trail Special Resource Study Act of 2009."
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Learn More About Our Campaign

There are a large number of sites scattered across many states associated with historic events of the civil rights movement in the United States. At least 49 of these sites have been nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about how a special resource study would help preserve and protect these important historic resources.