T-TOWN 200: TASK FORCE CREATES CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY TOUR
Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Mackenzie Koch
It’s the story of Tuscaloosa. Of course, we know it to be Title Town. But in celebration of Black History Month, a group of residents crafted a movement to make the Druid City more aware of its place in Civil Rights history.
According to a survey conducted by the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force, 383 residents could not identify 17 meaningful sites located downtown. That is when Scott Bridges and his team decided it was time to make a change.
“Out of many, we are one,” Bridges said. “So until we are comfortable enough to embrace our entire history honestly, I think our community is not whole.”
The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force is starting a trail tour to highlight some historic key spots. There will be 18 significant sites on the trail, beginning at Capitol Park and ending at First African Baptist Church.
Bridges said the stops all have stories he feels should be told. He hopes this will create awareness and racial reconciliation in the town.
“This has to do with honesty,” Bridges said. “It has to do with healing, awareness and, I think, effort. It’s not sometimes comfortable to look at this history, but it is necessary.”
The trail is expected to oped around mid- to late-April.