Catalysts for the civil rights movement, including sit-ins and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., are marked with monuments and museums throughout the South.
A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. faces the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala, where a 1963 bombing took the lives of four young black girls.
A sign marks the site of the former bus station in Birmingham, Ala., that was the scene of a confrontation between Klansmen and Freedom Riders during the civil rights movement.
Founded in 1871, Birmingham grew so rapidly from a small town to a booming manufacturing center that it adopted the nickname "The Magic City."
The Victorian-style Cobb Lane Bed & Breakfast in Birmingham, Ala., with crystal chandeliers, fine china and legendary Southern hospitality is located near the Historic Five Points area.
The lunch counter at the former F.W. Woolworth at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The dime store was the site of the Greensboro lunch-counter sit-in of Feb. 1, 1960, when four students, in an act of nonviolent civil protest, requested to be served alongside white patrons. (Jan. 7, 2010)
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C., was originally a storefront for F.W. Woolworth Co. (Feb. 2, 2005)
At the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C., visitors can see the lunch counter where the famous 1960 sit-in took place and, in the mirrors behind the counter, images of scenes re-enacted.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum curator Bamidele Demerson activates the interactive table, where visitors can watch how the Greensboro, N.C., sit-in launched similar protests across the South.
Items on display at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum include the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the pen President Lyndon B. Johnson used when he signed it.
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Montgomery, Ala., includes a replica of a 1950s-era Montgomery city bus that highlights Parks' experience.
A man looks at a photograph of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Ala. (Oct. 28, 2005)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot outside of rooms 306 and 307 at The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. The motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., was built in 1869.
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis was built in 1869 and is known around the globe for its daily march of mallard ducks to and from the hotel's fountain.