University of Alabama

Some civil rights sites at risk of being lost to history

A once-thriving all-black settlement in the New Mexico desert is a ghost town that rarely appears on maps. Tour buses pass but never stop at a Houston building where Latino activists planned civil rights events. Motels that welcomed minority motorists along 1950s Route 66 sit abandoned.

From a Civil War battlefield where Hispanic Union soldiers fought to birthplaces of civil rights leaders, sites linked to the nation's struggle for racial equality are overlooked, neglected and absent from travel guides.

Some states like Alabama, once known for discrimination and violence, are making strides to preserve historic sites. Advocates say it's time that more states and...

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