The Civil Rights Movement has deep roots in Louisiana. From meeting places where activists organized the movement, to the businesses where protests took place and the streets where change-makers marched, there’s a rich history to be explored and remembered within the region. 
The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently debuted the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail website, an interactive site featuring sections that span culture & commerce, desegregation, meeting places, and protests and confrontations. 
According to Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail was created to bring together the events of the 1950s and 1960s that placed the state of Louisiana at the center of the national Civil Rights Movement.
“The Louisiana Civil Rights Trail is an exciting project that took two years to complete,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. It required statewide meetings, research, digging in archival material, talking to many who experienced this time in Louisiana, and a scholarly review of the material, he explains. “Most importantly, it invites visitors to experience Louisiana’s prominent role during this movement by revealing inside stories and examining the civil rights era from culture and commerce to desegregation, protests and confrontations.”
The site features many locations in New Orleans, including Claiborne Avenue, Xavier University, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and the New Zion Baptist Church, among others, of which you can read more about on the site and plan to visit today. For more information visit
And for more on the Civil Rights Movement here in New Orleans, visit our page on streets and parks named after leaders of the movement here.