The Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail includes stories and sites of the local civil rights movement from the end of the Civil War to the present.
Our timeline for this tour begins at the end of the Civil War in 1865 and includes sites where Black people created educational, housing, and business opportunities in the midst of Jim Crow era segregation, as well as buildings where people protested racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s. As in the rest of the United States, Fredericksburg’s Civil Rights history continues into the present and this tour includes sites associated with Black political leaders in the mid to late 20th century and the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail Overview:
Fredericksburg’s Civil Rights Trail has two parts.
Part 1 is a 2.6 mile walking tour through Fredericksburg’s historic downtown district that starts at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.
Part 2 starts on the University of Mary Washington’s campus and includes stops at Shiloh Cemetery and the Dorothy Hart Community Center. Part 2 is .5 miles of walking on campus and 1.9 miles of driving.
Get more details and download maps and tour booklet for the Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail.