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New trail honors Dr. King, teaches visitors about Georgia's civil rights history

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, death, a self-guided tour to connect visitors to Georgia's civil rights history was launched Monday.

'Georgia's Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail' is made up of 28 sites across the state including churches, courthouse, schools and museums which will connect tourists to events and leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

"As the nation joins together to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are honored that his life and legacy are rooted in Georgia," said Governor Nathan Deal in a press release. "Georgia's Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Trail is an opportunity for visitors from around the world to explore Georgia and the destinations that played a critical role in the nation's Civil Rights Movement. The trail's historic landmarks will undoubtedly educate and inspire visitors to carry on Dr. King's legacy by serving others."

Sites featured along the trail include:

  • Albany Civil Rights Institute, Albany

The institute includes a museum, research center and the rehabilitated Old Mount Zion Baptist Church, which was home to the Albany Movement.

  • Dorchester Academy Boys' Dormitory, Midway

Once a school for African American children, Dorchester's dormitory was used by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to train activists and leaders during the civil rights movement.

  • First African Baptist Church, Dublin

First African Baptist Church was established in 1867. The current historic church building was constructed in 1914 and is Dublin's oldest African American church. In 1944, the Colored Elks Club of Georgia sponsored an oratory contest at the church, and the winner was Martin Luther King, Jr. He was 15, and his speech was 'The Negro and the Constitution.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue at the Georgia Capitol, Atlanta

The Martin Luther King, Jr. statue at the Georgia State Capitol was unveiled on Aug. 28, 2017. The bronze statue rises 8 feet atop a 36-inch pedestal with MLK engraved in gold on the Georgia granite. Atlanta-based sculptor Martin Dawe of Cherrylion Studios designed the bronze statue with King facing Liberty Plaza.

  • Prince Hall Masonic Temple, Columbus

The Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Columbus was the site of a speech that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave to an audience of more than 1,000 people during his inaugural years as president of the SCLC.

Georgia was at the epicenter of the nation's history-changing civil rights movement. Critical events took place all across the state, and landmarks and museums that celebrate Georgia leaders' sacrifices and accomplishments now inspire new generation to continue the legacy. No matter where you travel along the trail, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is felt. From Dr. King's birth home in Atlanta to a historic school and meeting place for civil rights leaders on the Georgia coast, and many sites in between, experiencing these landmarks in person enable visitors to immerse themselves in the history made here and to draw their own inspiration."

- Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism, Georgia Department of Economic Development

For more information on the trail visit the site here.

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