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Civil Rights Trail

Updated Nov 05 2021

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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, expand 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 at the time contained a beauty parlor, the beautificans cleaned Lucy-Foster and kept her safe until the protestors dissipated. Rev. Thomas Linton owned and operated the barbershop until his death in 2020.  The City of Tuscaloosa acquired the property in 2021.

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  • Preserve civil rights history 

  • Promote educational opportunities

  • Encourage meaningful gatherings, collaboration, and interactions

  • Promote tourism at civil rights landmarks

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