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New retail store at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport celebrates U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Birmingham and Alabama were focal points of America’s civil rights movement. Commemorating the roles the city and state played is the focus of the latest in a series of new additions serving travelers at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM).

Officially opened with a ceremony on Aug. 24, the Civil Rights Trail Market features items celebrating the people and places that helped to advance social justice in the 1950s and 1960s. The store offerings highlight the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which encompasses more than 135 locations across 15 states, including sites in eight Alabama cities. It features the official U.S. Civil Rights Trail book, branded merchandise and a mural that walks travelers through the national and local movements.

“Often, you get a first impression of a city based on what you see at the airport,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said at the ceremony, noting that the airport is named for the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a leader of the civil rights movement in Birmingham. “It’s great to see us proudly recognize our rich civil rights history as a way to educate visitors to our city.”

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