The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire


The Oklahoma Historical Society Black Heritage Committee is organizing a tour of civil rights sites in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The five-day trip will depart from the Oklahoma History Center on the morning of Sunday, May 10, and return the evening of Friday, May 15. There are a limited number of seats available, so use the registration form to reserve your spot today.

Tour locations will include Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas; the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee; the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama; Edmund Pettis Bridge and National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma, Alabama; and the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, Mississippi.

Registration includes lodging, museum admissions, and travel coach. Meals are not included in registration. Village Travel will provide the coach for this relaxing tour. The cost for registration with double-occupancy rooms is $800, and $950 for single-occupancy rooms. For more information, please contact Larry O’Dell at

Full payment is due by April 1. No refunds are available after April 1.

Preliminary Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, May 10

  • Depart from the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Dinner on your own in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Lodging: Holiday Inn in Memphis

Day 2: Monday, May 11

  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Loraine Motel in Memphis
  • Tour Memphis on your own
  • Explore Beale Street
  • Lodging: Holiday Inn in Memphis

Day 3: Tuesday, May 12

  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis
  • 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Lodging: Springhill Suites in Montgomery, Alabama

Day 4: Wednesday, May 13

  • The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama
  • The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama
  • Dinner in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Lodging: Holiday Inn Express in Jackson, Mississippi

Day 5: Thursday, May 14

  • Brandon Hall Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Museum of African American History in Natchez
  • Lunch at BB’s Grill in Natchez
  • Natchez Visitor Reception Center in Natchez
  • Dinner and casino on your own in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Lodging: Bossier City Hotel in Shreveport

Day 6: Friday, May 15

  • Depart for Oklahoma City
  • Break for lunch in Fort Worth, Texas

Itinerary is subject to change. You will receive a final itinerary after registration.

Shirley Ann Ballard Nero
110126 N 3830 Road
Clearview, Oklahoma 74880