An App That Lets You Design Your Own Self-Guided Civil Rights Tour

It could be a reality, but developers need your help.

By Jamilah King Aug 22, 2013

This weekend’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is as good a time as ever to revisit the history of the Civil Rights Movement. If a group of a web developers have their way, accessing that history is about to get a lot easier with Freedom Lifted, a smartphone app that lets users map out their own self-guided tours of museums, monuments, cemeteries, and unmarked spots that were pivotal in the formation of the movement’s history.

"I believe the app can open up a new world for people who want to know more about history, but don’t have access to it or were turned off by it in school," says Mia Henry, the project’s founder and owner-operator. "This is a way that history can really come alive for people."

Henry has taken to crowdsourcing in an effort to raise $10,000 to develop the app.

She added: "By giving as little as $5, you will be part of a new endeavor to really give everyone access to their history in order to inform activism in the future."