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Weary Feet, Rested Souls - Jacket Design by Julie Metz. Jacket Photograph: Selma March c 1978 Matt Heron/Take Stock
Weary Feet, Rested Souls
Hardback published
January 1998
Jacket Design by Julie Metz.

Weary Feet, Rested Souls - paperback cover
Weary Feet, Rested Souls Paperback published
February 1999


Kelly Ingram Park with the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in the background, Birmingham, Alabama
Statue of three civil rights preachers in Kelly Ingram Park with the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in the background, Birmingham, Alabama.

Thirty years after the Civil Rights Movement transformed America, Weary Feet, Rested Souls brings the landscape of this compelling period of history back to life. Logging 30,000 miles of field research and more than 100 interviews with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, author Townsend Davis chronicles the churches, jails courthouses, homes, barber shops, soda fountains, and even a bowling alley where the formative events of this inspiring movement took place.

Both a history of the Civil Rights struggle and an indispensable traveling companion for the Deep South, this guide takes readers to Martin Luther King Jr.'s childhood neighborhood; along the path of the Freedom Riders; to Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three Civil Rights workers were murdered; to the route of the triumphant march from Selma to Montgomery; and to hundreds of other sites, many well off the beaten track.

Accounts of these historic places also include the words of many who lived through those times and contain a completely up-to-date description of new monuments and museums commemorating the Movement and its heroes.

Featuring 25 original maps, 113 photographs, and excerpts of speeches and other unseen firsthand materials, Weary Feet. Rested Souls is a unique achievement, filling a large gap in the history of our time.