Deep South

Important Dates:




Application Opens: September 1, 2021
Deposit Deadline:
February 1, 2022
Final Payment Due: March 15, 2022
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring Semester 2022

Courses Offered:

HIST 4950: Civil Rights in the Deep South
Professor: John Hayes

*Pre-req: HIST 2111 or 2112

This summer program is an intense five-week immersion in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. We will spend the first two and a half weeks in the classroom, learning the complex history of the Movement. With historical context established, we will then take to the road for 11 days, visiting key sites in the movement like Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. At each site we will analyze not only the history as source materials are on display, but also how that history is presented for a contemporary public. In our final week we will return to the classroom, reflecting collectively on what we have learned and preparing our reflections for a public presentation.


* Itinerary subject to change*

On-campus class meetings:
7 2-hour sessions before trip 

Day 1 :
Depart Augusta for Atlanta
Visit Center for Civil and Human Rights
Visit Martin Luther King National Historical Park
Explorations of the Auburn Ave neighborhood
Spend the night in Atlanta

Day 2:
Explorations of Atlanta University Center, Vine City neighborhood
Depart Atlanta for Birmingham         
En route, visit Anniston Freedom Riders Monument
Visit Bethel Baptist Church
Spend the night in Birmingham

Day 3 :
Visit 16th St Baptist Church, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute,
Kelly Ingram Park           
Depart Birmingham for Marion
Visit Marion Civil Rights sites           
Depart Marion for Selma
spend the night in Selma

Day 4:
Walk Selma-to-Montgomery Trail from Brown Chapel to Edmund Pettus Bridge 
Visit National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
Depart Selma for Montgomery, continuing Selma-to-Montgomery Trail
En route, visit Lowndes Interpretive Center, First Baptist Church Hayneville           
Spend the night in Montgomery

Day 5:
Visit Legacy Museum, Civil Rights Memorial, National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Spend the night in Montgomery 

Day 6:
Visit Rosa Parks Museum, Dexter Ave Baptist Church, Freedom Rides Museum
Depart Montgomery for Jackson
En route, visit Goodman, Chaney, Schwerner historical marker
Spend the night in Jackson

Day 7 :
Visit Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Jackson historical markers  (Greyhound station, Woolworth’s, COFO office, state capitol rally)
Excursion to Canton: visit Canton Freedom House
Spend the night in Jackson

Day 8 :
Visit Medgar Evers home
Depart Jackson for Greenwood, Money, Glendora, Sumner
Visit Broad St Historical Park, Bryant’s store, River Site, Emmett Till Interpretive  Center
Spend the night in Clarksdale

Day 9 :
Depart Clarksdale for Ruleville, Marks
Visit Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden and Museum, Delta Regional Mule Train Market and Museum
depart Marks for Little Rock
Visit Central High School National Historic Site
Depart Little Rock for Memphis
Spend the night in Memphis

Day 10 :
Visit National Civil Rights Museum, Mason Temple
Spend the night in Memphis

Day 11 :
Depart Memphis for Augusta

Meet on AU Campus for 2 sessions after trip for collective reflections

** If program travel is cancelled due to travel restrictions from the State Department, University System of Georgia, or Augusta University, this course will NOT be offered during Summer 2022.


Financial Information:

Program Fees: ~$1200 + Tuition & Fees

           Deposit: $200

           Final Payment: Remaining balance, due Spring 2022

Tuition & Fees: Click here to calculate how much yours will be
What's included? Bus fees, lodging, meals, travel insurance, mandatory excursions
Additional Expenses: Some meals


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Updated 6/30/2020