County offers civil rights tour -- Gazette.Net



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Montgomery County is again offering its annual six-day civil rights bus tour.

The tour leaves Rockville on March 31 and travels to Greensboro, N.C.; Atlanta; Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee, Ala.; Cincinnati; and Memphis, Tenn., returning April 5.

Highlights include the birth home museum of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; the Tuskegee Airfield and National Museum; the Rosa Parks Museum; the Freedom Rides Museum; the National Voting Rights Museum; the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and the Lorraine Hotel National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, where King was assassinated.

The tour is hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The cost for a group of four is $495 per person, which includes hotels, transportation, some meals and snacks, and all museum and tour fees. For smaller groups, the fee is slightly higher.

A pre-tour meeting will be held about a week before the tour in the Office of Human Rights Conference and Mediation Center, Suite 330, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. At least one member of each group is required to attend. A deposit for half the tour fee is due as soon as possible.

Those interested may contact Beverly Marshall at beverly.marshall@montgomerycountymd.gov. More information on the tour is at montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.