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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Civil Rights Trail

Updated Jan 25 2023

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The bid for architectural and related services has been posted here and is open until February 1.


In this public-private partnership, the city is collaborating with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation to improve two sites of historical significance in Tuscaloosa. A vision will be created for both of the sites that will provide educational opportunities, enhance the Civil Rights Trail, and encourage meaningful connections and interaction in our community. 

The first site identified is the former Tuscaloosa County Jail, built in 1856. This property is a designated historic site where lynchings occurred between 1844 and 1933.

The second site is Linton's Barbershop, which served as a refuge for Autherine Lucy-Foster, the first African-American to attend the University of Alabama. Lucy-Foster was rushed away from the campus after protestors began throwing rotten food at her as she walked to class. Once she arrived at the barbershop, which also contained a beauty parlor, the beauticians cleaned Lucy-Foster and sheltered her until the protestors dissipated. Rev. Thomas Linton owned and operated the barbershop until his death in 2020.  The City of Tuscaloosa acquired the property and its contents in 2021.

Goals and Impact
  • Preserve civil rights history 

  • Promote educational opportunities

  • Encourage meaningful gatherings, collaboration, and interactions

  • Promote tourism at civil rights landmarks

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Key Milestones & Events
Up Next:
  • Engage professional consultants for development of master plan and conceptual designs of both project sites

  • Categorization of historic artifacts from Linton's Barbershop was completed in September of 2022

  • RFQ for architectural and related services posted in January of 2023

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