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American Jazz Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

We visited these museums in July 2022. These museums are housed in the same building. You can purchase entrance to both museums with one ticket. Donna and I wanted to visit the historic 18th and Vine where so much Black history has taken place. This is an old school Black neighborhood where all parts of Black life intersected. Our doctors, dentists, lawyers, athletes, porters and more all lived, worked, shopped in this part of the city. Segregation made it so.

Jazz musicians honed their craft in this city. It is where the American Jazz Museum resides. This is a super high touch museum. I spent hours listening to different styles of jazz. I marveled at how changing the drums or horns could completely change the tenor of the music. There is also a section dedicated to Elliz Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and other giants of jazz music.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was very busy. Buck O’Neill was being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame so there was lots of interest in this museum the weekend we attended. There is a movie that I highly recommend at the beginning of museum that you view before you walk through the museum. There is so much information that it felt like a fire hose of information. I felt thoroughly educated when I walked out of that museum.

Anniston, Al Civil Rights Driving Tour

We visited Anniston on our way to Texas earlier this year. We stayed a few days at a local RV parks so that we could visit the area and see what it had to offer. The Anniston Civil Rights Trail starts at the Greyhound Station where in 1961 Freedom Riders were attacked by a mob. This site is hosted by NPS (National Park Service). The inside of the terminal was closed the day we were in town but there is a kiosk where you can listen to surviors of this attack tell their stories of the day.

I thought this was a well organized driving tour. You download a .pdf document that will show you how to get to each location. All have markers that clearly outline what happened at the location. Below is a selection of this signs around the city.