New interactive bike tour highlights Detroit landmarks in civil rights movement
DETROIT – A new interactive bike tour launched by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office highlights some of the most historically significant locations during the civil rights movement in Detroit.
The bike tour is part of a larger project to identify and document historically significant locations in Detroit related to the African American civil rights movement of the 20th century. The project is funded through an African American civil rights program granted by the National Park Service (NPS).
The bike tour is a route, not a single event. Participants can follow the route with their bikes at www.miplace.org/biketour. The tour is fully mobile device responsive and easy to navigate directly from a smartphone or tablet. For more information on each civil rights website, please select it individually from a list or simply follow the route on the tour map. If location services are enabled on participants’ devices, the user will see the location in relation to the stops as if they were navigating using GPS.
“The sites associated with the struggle for African American civil rights in the city of Detroit represent a particularly fragile class of resources. It is important that we preserve the cultural heritage and history of these important buildings and sites,” said Martha MacFarlane-Faes, Deputy State Monument Protection Commissioner. “This tour is not just an opportunity for cyclists to discover the stunning architecture of Detroit, but most importantly, to learn firsthand about Detroit’s African American history and the 20th century civil rights movement that took place there.”
The recommended route starts and ends at the famous Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Warren Avenue with 20 stops. However, participants can take a different route between stops or completely change the route if they so choose in a shorter loop and not see all locations in a single trip. The entire loop, with all 20 stops, is approximately 17 miles. The bike tour will also be available on the SHPO website for the civil rights project.
The stops on the route were selected by a 14-person civil rights council that looked at places in a concentrated area of the city that were conducive to cycling. Associated with the period between 1950 and 1970 and the growth of the Black Power movement, most of the locations bring the stories and locations of the 20th century civil rights movement in Detroit to the public most vividly.
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