When most people think of civil rights in Alabama, Montgomery, and Birmingham are commonly first mentioned. There is plenty of history throughout the state. It’s no secret that Tuscaloosa has a lot of history tied to the Civil Rights Movement. This organization wants to make sure we don’t forget that history and ensure our children learn about it.

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Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation has announced its plans to build a Civil Rights Museum and Civil Rights Learning Center in Tuscaloosa. The plans were announced Monday evening at a reception celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail.
 
After a short tour of the trail, Danny Steele & Harrison Taylor who was part of Tuscaloosa’s “Bloody Tuesday” spoke on their experiences that historic day. “I remember that morning June 9th what he said,” Taylor said, referring to Rev. T. Y. Rogers. “ ‘There’s a better life out there, you should want that life, let’s go get that life.’ Man were we fired up!”

 

Taylor mentioned how determined they were to march on that day. “They had all kinds of people out there with billy clubs and night sticks to beat us down. They could’ve had alligators out there we were going to do it.”
 
When asked about what the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail is doing Danny Steele responded, “I think it’s a great adventure it’s bringing awareness not only to Tuscaloosa but to discrimination all over the nation.”
 
You can help establish the Civil Rights Museum and Civil Rights Learning Center in Tuscaloosa. Click here to donate to Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation.

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