Tour Duration: 2 Hours
Tour Guide: David S. Ewing
Learn about John Lewis and the African American student led peaceful nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins to desegregate downtown eating establishments in the 1960 in Nashville. See how Dr. Martin Luther King was inspired by the students after a visit to Nashville. Your tour guide David Ewing is a nationally recognized expert on the Civil Rights and helped locate the lost mugshots of John Lewis’ arrest for the lunch counter sit ins and helped present them to Congressman Lewis in Nashville. Ewing also is featured in the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail book by Deborah Douglas. Explore how Nashville was one of the most important cities for marches, arrests and bombing stories and this movement was led by John Lewis, Diane Nash, Rev. Jim Lawson and Rev. Kelly Miller Smith around John Lewis Way (formerly 5th Avenue) and Church Street. Dr. Martin Luther King’s visits and speeches during the era. See the Woolworth building and the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library.