Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail
The Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail’s primary objective is to share Mobile's multicultural legacy through disclosure of the following:
1) the early Creoles de Color; 2) African survivors from the Clotilda, the last slave ship to enter the US in 1860); 3) newly freed blacks who worshipped and built some of the oldest churches in Alabama; 4) African-Americans who settled in an area named ironically for Jefferson Davis – Davis Avenue, and later renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Ave; and 5) the Civil Rights advocates integral to the desegregation of the city’s schools, workforce, and public offices.
Tours enlighten Mobile's culturally diverse heritage by linking historic contributions and events with significant locations. Forgotten chapters of history are remembered through the stories of courage and contributions from Mobile’s ethnically diverse past.