Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

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Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Southern states are banding together to promote civil rights tourism across the region.

Fourteen states including all of the Deep South are joining to promote the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It’s a tourism website and campaign that will highlight about 130 sites linked to the modern civil rights movement.

The joint effort is being unveiled as part of the MLK holiday weekend.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter is seen at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter is seen at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2016, file photo the F.W. Woolworth’s lunch counter is seen at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman, File)

Individual Southern states have used such promotions for years. But Alabama tourism director Lee Sentell says the states have never before joined together in a single push to bolster civil rights tourism.

Most states participating in the promotion are part of Travel South USA, which is funded by state tourism agencies. The organization has launched civilrightstrail.com and is placing advertisements to promote the trail.

FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King is seen as the sun sets, in Atlanta. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)

FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King is seen as the sun sets, in Atlanta. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)

FILE- In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King is seen as the sun sets, in Atlanta. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Branden Camp, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, people wait in line to enter the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis, Tenn. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, people wait in line to enter the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis, Tenn. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, people wait in line to enter the National Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Memphis, Tenn. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FILE- In this March 12, 2017 file photo the doors of the Lyceum, a building on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

FILE- In this March 12, 2017 file photo the doors of the Lyceum, a building on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

FILE- In this March 12, 2017 file photo the doors of the Lyceum, a building on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

FILE - This March 3, 2004 file photo shows the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as work continues in Topeka, Kansas. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

FILE - This March 3, 2004 file photo shows the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as work continues in Topeka, Kansas. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

FILE – This March 3, 2004 file photo shows the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site as work continues in Topeka, Kansas. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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