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's Louisiana Civil Rights Trail is an interactive website featuring sections that span culture & commerce, desegregation, meeting places, and protests and confrontations. You can also explore the real-life trail markers detailed on the site. Visit the markers in person, or take a trip to the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum, a historic journey 30 years in the making located in New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
From the office of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is a Louisiana State Museum, a statewide system of National Historic Landmarks and modern structures across Louisiana.
Both the website and museum offer a plethora of resources and exhibits for learning about the state’s Civil Rights history. Hear the stories and see how Civil Rights heroes are remembered and honored.
The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is open seven days a week and has a small fee for admission.
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.