Podcast Features the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee

By Annie Tobey | June 17th, 2022

The Tennessee Civil Rights Trail podcast features stories of the struggle for social justice


Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee. The Tennessee Civil Rights Trail podcast highlights stories of places and people along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee. Image

A new three-episode podcast features stories along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee. The podcast supplements online resources and on-the-ground sites that tell the story of the fight for social justice in the state.

The national trail

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which debuted in 2018, includes more than 120 sites that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s – a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums, and other landmarks primarily in the Southern states where activists challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice.

The people, locations and destinations included in the Civil Rights Trail provide a way for families, travelers, and educators to experience history firsthand and tell the story of how events at these places changed the world, and the people behind the events.

Visitors can discover each landmark’s importance, watch interviews with foot soldiers and heroes of the movement, and view an interactive map, photographs, and 360-degree special video features.

Tennessee sites, resources, and podcast

Sit-ins display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
Exhibit on sit-ins, at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis

Tennessee highlights 14 stops on the trail including Beale Street Historic District, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, and StaxMuseum of American Soul Music in Memphis; Fisk University, National Museum of African American Music, and Woolworth Theatre in Nashville; and the Clinton 12 Statue in Clinton.

In addition to visiting the sites, people following the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee can use additional resources online at TNVacation.com. The page drills down into stops along the trail from Memphis to Nashville to Clinton, with articles, links, a digital brochure, and a digital passport. Travelers can use their mobile devices to document their visits and redeem their “stamped” passports for prizes. Passports are available online.


The U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Virginia


Exhibit on the Memphis Sanitation Strike at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis
Exhibit on the Memphis Sanitation Strike at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

 

Starting June 2022, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee also offers a podcast to support the stories of those involved in the struggle for justice. The Tennessee Civil Rights Trail Podcast is a three-episode series where historians and experts explore the most significant events of the movement that happened in the state during the 1950s and 1960s. The series includes real stories from Civil Rights veterans who were there and explains why these events are still relevant today.

The podcast features lesser-known stories, including

  • Lorraine Motel co-owner, Mrs. Lori Bailey, who fell into a coma after a cerebral hemorrhage the night Dr. King was assassinated. She died five days later, the same day Dr. King was laid to rest in Atlanta
  • How Nashville’s nickname, “The Music City,” originated because of the 19th century African American Jubilee Singers from Fisk University
  • Hear the relatively unknown story of Clinton 12 member Bobby Cain, the first African American to graduate from a formally segregated high school in the south.

“This podcast dives into difficult conversations directly from the brave men and women who stood up for equal rights,” Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development and Secretary/Treasurer of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance, said in a press release. “We’re proud to partner with Travel South and help shine a light on the on the triumphant and impactful stories at these Tennessee destinations that helped change the world.”

Episodes of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee podcast include:

At the National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee
At the National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail in Tennessee.

Episode 1: Memphis’ Civil Rights Legacy (available June 20)

  • MLK & Memphis: His Work, Assassination and Legacy at sites like the world-class National Civil Rights Museum
  • The Role of Music & Radio in the Movement at sites like Stax Museum of American Soul Music, original site of Stax Records, and Beale Street

Episode 2: Nashville’ Civil Rights Legacy (available June 27)

  • The Role of College Students in the Movement, with stories like Fisk University
  • Protesting (Making Their Voices Heard). Discovery stories at Witness Walls and the Civil Rights Room at Nashville Public Library
  • New Civil Rights Sites in the City like the National Museum of African American Music

Episode 3: Clinton’s Civil Rights Legacy (available July 4)

  • The Clinton 12 – Clinton High School Integration

CAPTION OF FEATURE PHOTOGRAPH, AT TOP: Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee (all images courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development)

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