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President's Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail (DFFAAHT). We invite you to take a trip back in time and explore the unique history of our treasured city, Mobile, Alabama. You will be entrenched in history which predates the United States itself. We will travel back to a time when European and African explorers first landed on the shores of the Gulf Coast and began populating this land we know as, America. You will travel through time more than 300 years back in history and then be brought into the modern age of today's diverse community. You will learn the struggles, challenges and triumphs of Mobile's African-American culture. Our history is unique and truly one of a kind. Thank you for allowing us to take you on this journey. Please invite your friends and family to do the same. In the words of our founder, "you can't know where you're going, if you don't know where you've been."

Very truly yours,
Karlos F. Finley, 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:

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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