Downtown Civil Rights Tour

This walking tour will focus on the sit-ins that took place in Nashville during the civil rights movement of the early 1960’s. These non-violent sit-in demonstrations were integral in the fight for racial equality and desegregation. Each point on the tour holds significance to the movement. At each stop we will share with you one of the Rules of Conduct carried by protestors during the sit-in demonstrations. We will begin the tour at the former site of the First Baptist Church. The path will then take you through downtown Nashville, past the Nashville Public Library to 5th Avenue, where segregated businesses were the location of sit-ins. The tour ends at the Davidson County Courthouse and Jail which is significant as the concluding place of the Silent March which took place on April 19th, 1960 (see photo above). Follow the tour and reflect on the stories of the people and places of the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville.