GSU World Heritage Initiative

Georgia State University has embarked on an effort to nominate a group of U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites to the World Heritage List, thereby achieving the highest possible level of recognition for these historic resources and affirming the universal significance of the nation’s struggle for racial justice and its importance to the world.



April 15-16, 2021

Stewards of historic sites associated with the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s from across the United States are invited to attend the second U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites Symposium being held on the Atlanta campus of Georgia State University. The 2020 Symposium has been rescheduled with the original keynote speakers.

Current details on the program and accommodations are posted here.


Dr. Glenn Eskew, GSU Professor of History and World Heritage Init Project Director, discusses the project here.

This project is partially funded by the:
African American Fund and the Southern Intervention Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and
African American Civil Rights program of the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not constitute endorsement or necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior or U.S. Government.