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Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail



President's Welcome Letter

On behalf of the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail (DFFAAHT), you are invited to go back in time and explore the unique history of Mobile, Alabama. We are a city entrenched in struggles, challenges and triumphs steeped in Mobile's African-American culture, aptly described as "unique and one of a kind". Journey through history so rich and thorough and a time when European and African explorers first landed on the shores of the Gulf Coast and began populating this land we now know as, the United States of America. You will travel through time, more than 300 years back in history and brought into the modern age of today's diverse community. We thank you in advance for allowing us to introduce you to such vital, pivotal and essential history designed for all to learn from. In the words of our late founder, "you can't know where you're going, if you don't know where you've been." We look forward to meeting you on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail.

Sincerely,
Art May, President

 





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Our Mission

To educate, preserve and mark the historic contributions of African-Americans in Mobile.

History comes alive on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail! Tours enlighten Mobile's culturally diverse heritage by linking historic contributions and events with significant locations. Forgotten chapters of history are remembered through the stories of courage and contributions from Mobile’s ethnically diverse past.

The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail’s primary objective is to share Mobile's multicultural legacy through disclosure of the following:
1) the early Creoles de Color; 2) African survivors from the Clotilda, the last slave ship to enter the US in 1860); 3) newly freed blacks who worshipped and built some of the oldest churches in Alabama; 4) African-Americans who settled in an area named ironically for Jefferson Davis – Davis Avenue, and later renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Ave; and 5) the Civil Rights advocates integral to the desegregation of the city’s schools, workforce, and public offices.

Through the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail (DFFAAHT) experience, participants will develop a taste for the rich gumbo of history as revealed by Mobile's past.

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Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail
Board of Directors

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Our Sincerest Thanks to:

Organizer:
City Councilman William Carroll, District 2

Historic Markers funded by:
Samuel L. Jones, Mayor, Former Mayor
Councilman William Carroll, District 2
Councilman Fredrick Richardson, Jr., District 1

Historic Markers and Tours funded by:
County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood

Special Recognitions:

University of South Alabama College of Education,
Department of Instructional Design and Development

Mobile County School Board

Southern Poverty Law Center

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Archival Photographs courtesy of
The University of South Alabama Archives







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Home Page and Audio Tour Music provided by The Excelsior Band.

Web Services: Dogwood Productions, Inc.


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