DEEP S O U T H U S A In the years leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the US experienced more social change in the name of civil rights than in any other period of American history. Many of these pivotal events occurred in the Deep South and are memorialised in museums and sites across the region. ALABAMA 1  The march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma is memorialized at the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. 2  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a state- of-the-art attraction that tells the story from post-World War One racial segregation to present day racial progress. Louisville, KY TENNESSEE 3  The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis is where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. 4  Follow the story on the desegregation of Clinton High School in 1956 at Green McAdoo Cultural Center, Clinton. KENTUCKY 5   Berea College, first incorporated in 1859, was anti-slavery and advocated equality and excellence in education for men and women of all races. 6  The Muhammad Ali Centre in Louisville features interactive exhibits and captivating multimedia presentations to preserve Muhammad Ali’s legacy. MISSISSIPPI 7   The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson is a powerful and moving testimony to the bravery and sacrifice of individuals from the 1800’s to the modern day. ★  The Mississippi Freedom Trail commemorates the state’s civil rights heritage, offering tours of key sites. LOUISIANA 8  The Hermione Plantation House Museum features an exhibit on Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire. 9  Visit the Solomon Northup Trail and learn the history behind the novel and film “12 Years a Slave”. Memphis, TN Civil Rights Trail, Montgomery , AL Civil Rights D E E p - S O U T H - usA.cOm LA KY MS TN AL