Household journey 5: Uncover landmarks that play a component in American civil rights | Journey

Embark on a journey of discovery and understanding as you and your family visit in person or virtually the destinations and attractions that play a role in American civil rights history.

Here are five to note:

1. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC

Families can learn about the words and work of clergyman and civil rights leader Dr. Get inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr. Along the granite wall opposite the tidal pool there are 16 quotes from his eloquent messages of love and tolerance. Site tours and Junior Ranger badge activities are available and can help add to the experience for children.


2. Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Ala.

“When I was arrested in 1955 … I had no way of knowing what the future would be,” remarked the woman who would become known as the mother of the civil rights movement when this museum was named in her honor. Located in front of the bus stop where the historic moment took place, the Rosa Parks Museum is showing a video reenactment of their refusal to give up their place to a white man, as well as other interactive presentations. A children’s wing offers age-appropriate history lessons for young people.

Contact: www.VisitingMont

3. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

According to this pioneering institution, there are currently more than 27 million people enslaved worldwide, more than ever before in human history.

Opened in 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River, the Freedom Center highlights efforts to “end human slavery and secure freedom for all”.

Through permanent, rotating, and online exhibitions, the center offers insight into the horrors of slavery and honors those who have campaigned for justice from the days of the underground to modern times. Changed hours and timed ticketing are currently available.


4. The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

The museum complex includes the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, as was the building where James Earl Ray fired the shot.

The museum aims to open a dialogue about a story that spans the dark era of slavery through the modern civil rights movement. As part of its mission, the museum aims to stimulate thoughtful debate and act as a catalyst for positive social change.

A family guide is offered to help adults discuss the sensitive issues and events that are covered in the museum. During the pandemic, the museum offers virtual programs.

Contact: www.civilrightsmuse

5. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo.

This important museum aims to tell the story of an era when black players weren’t allowed to compete in big league teams and how those barriers were eventually lifted. For decades, black athletes played in their own league.

Then Jackie Robinson was hired by the Kansas City Monarchs to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the game was forever changed.

Its story and that of many other players, executives and influential personalities play out in the City of Fountains.

You can also hear “Storied,” a 22-episode series that explores the role of baseball in Black America’s journey to equality.


Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is a writer, family travel expert, and avid explorer. Collect more travel information on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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