A partnership between the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
and the Memory Project at the UVA Karsh Institute of Democracy
June 26 – July 2, 2023


The 2023 Charlottesville Civil Rights Tour will travel by bus through the deep South for 7 days and 6 nights, visiting Civil Rights historical sites, former plantations, museums, and memorials.

The theme of this year’s tour is the African American struggle for citizenship. Travelers will learn about Black Americans’ post-emancipation political and cultural renaissance. Reconstruction, as this post-Civil War period was called, was shaped by the 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments. They were intended to strengthen the legal definition of citizenship for newly-emancipated African Americans. But, fearful of Black success, white-led state governments in the South gradually restricted Black voting and imposed Jim Crow segregation laws which were in legal effect until the 1960s. The tour will follow this story from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, and through to our present day.
We will be hosting a Trip Informational on December 17, 2022 at 4:15pm EST to share more about the trip and answer any questions. If you are interested in joining, click the button below to sign up!

INFO SESSION: 1/17/2023

We will be hosting a Zoom info session about the trip on January 17, 2023 at 4:15pm EST.
Register below if you want to learn more about the trip and ask any questions.


Last Year's Trip Recap


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Join US

Single and double occupancy available. Single supplement fee will apply.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required in order to secure your spot.

The tour offers a range of scholarships and sponsorships to support travelers.

Scholarships will prioritize public school teachers, low-income residents of Charlottesville, and racial justice activists.
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center has created a fund to provide airfare to all scholarship travelers.

Please submit your application by April 7, 2023 to be considered.

Travelers who are being sponsored directly by a UVA unit can also apply below.

Click below to help a participant attend the Civil Rights Tour.
All travelers must be 16 years of age or older in order to participate in this tour.


  • All activities and sightseeing listed in the itinerary
  • Accommodations as listed in the itinerary
  • Coach bus transportation between Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN
  • All group meals listed in the itinerary, gratuities for drivers and tours
  • Listening devices for each guests
  • Water and snacks
  • On-Trip Travel Nurse


  • Flights to Birmingham, AL from home city / from Memphis, TN to home city
    • This does not apply to scholarship travelers
  • Personal sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
  • All meals, food and beverage not listed in the itinerary (ex. New Orleans and Memphis)
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature including cab fares, laundry and other personal items (room service charges)
  • Travel Insurance (we strongly advise each traveler arrange their own travel insurance)
  • Medical Expenses
  • Costs associated with trip interruption or modifications due to weather, travel conditions, political/civil disputes, medical emergencies or other causes beyond our control
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions at all, we are here to help!


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  • A Skipper and Private Chef for Each Boat
  • 3 Days of Sailing
  • Water Activities and Unbelievable Sunsets
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