By Susan Passmore

Main Street Marion proudly announces the addition of Marion, Alabama to the Sweet Home Alabama Civil Rights Trail.  Director Lee Sentell of Sweet Home Alabama Tourism recently visited the Marion Art Center at the invitation of Main Street Marion to meet with our civil rights coalition comprised of Pastor Adrian Knox of Zion Church, Mary Moore of Lincoln Normal School and Sowing Seeds of Hope, Phillip Howard, Program Manager for The Conservation Fund, City of Marion Mayor Dexter Hinton, Katrina Easley, Perry County Extension Coordinator, Donald Bennett, President of Main Street Marion, and County Commissioner Cedric Hudson.  Director Sentell gave guidance on pushing Marion forward for increased civil rights tourism and pledged his support for the coalition. 

Director Sentell has been a strong advocate for Marion’s civil rights legacy.  The Lincoln Normal School, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Orange, Andrew Young and a host of other connections to the history of the civil rights movement and the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965 make Marion a city with a great story to tell and a wonderful tourist destination.  As Director Sentell stated, “It Started In Marion”.  Time to get the word out.  The civil rights coalition plans to do just that. 

Main Street Marion proudly works with the City of Marion to assist with the revitalization of our downtown and business corridor.  We’re committed to the creation of an avid business district and a viable tourist market for our community.  #MovingMarionForward, #OneMarion!