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Fredericksburg opens civil rights trail: Photos

On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, a few hundred people gathered at the University of Mary Washington's Jepson Alumni Center in Fredericksburg to celebrate the opening of the civil rights trail: Freedom, a Work in Progress.

The trail has two parts: Part one is a 2.6-mile walk through the historic downtown district.

The other section is a driving/walking tour through the Mary Washington campus, including stops at the historic Shiloh Cemetery and the Dorothy Hart Community Center.

Photos by Scott Elmquist.

The Fredericksburg Civil Rights Trail is a joint project between the city of Fredricksburg's Economic Development and Tourism Department, University of Mary Washington's James Farmer Multicultural Center Geography Department and Historic Preservation Department. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Sen. Tim Kaine greets Claudette Jordan (left) and Victoria Matthews at Mary Washington's Jespson Alumni Center. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
A capacity crowd gathered for the event at the Jepson Alumni Center. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Gaye Todd Adegbalola and William H. Noel were honored guests at the event. Both honorees provided the oral history testimony for the Civil Rights Trail project. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
The story map for the project was built by Mary Washington geography students John Liberty, Josephine Allamby, Anais Malangu, Dr. Stephen P. Hanna and Brooke Prevedal. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
The trail's primary authors are Victoria Matthews (right) with the city of Fredericksburg's Economic Development and Tourism Department and Chris Williams with the James Farmer Multicultural Center. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Sen. Tim Kaine greets the Rev. Hasmel Turner Jr., a guest of honor at the event. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw presents Chris Williams with an award of recognition from the city of Fredericksburg for his work on the project. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
The Civil Rights Trail starts at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Stop number one of the trail is Shiloh Baptist Church, 801 Sophia St., where Black Fredericksburg residents have been worshiping since 1815. The original structure collapsed in the late 1800's and was rebuilt in 1890. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
Shiloh Cemetery at the corner of Littlepage Street and Monument Avenue a burial space for several influential Black citizens.  (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)
A marker put up by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation to commemorate Shiloh Baptist Cemetery. (Scott Elmquist / VPM News)