Memphis sites included in new U.S. Civil Rights Trail

A wreath marks the location where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death on the second floor of the Lorraine Hotel, now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, April 3, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee. Tomorrow will mark the 40th anniversary of King's death. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ten Tennessee churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks are now stops on a new civil rights trail, officials said Wednesday.

Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and State Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett announced the Tennessee sites on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail on Wednesday at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

Tourism officials say the U.S. Civil Rights Trail launched earlier this year, highlighting more than 100 sites in 14 states where activists fought for social equality and challenged segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Tennessee sites are the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Clayborn Temple and the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis, The Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, Davidson County Courthouse and the Witness Walls, Woolworth on 5th, Fisk University and Griggs Hall at American Baptist College in Nashville, and The Green McAdoo Cultural Center and Clinton 12 statues in Clinton.

“The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a journey of discovery and education about events that shifted the course of history for our country and for our state,” Haslam said in a statement. profiles each landmark. The website features interviews, an interactive map, photographs and 360-degree video.