Some civil rights sites at risk of being lost to history

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A once-thriving, all-black settlement in the New Mexico desert is a ghost town, rarely appearing on tourist maps. In Houston, Texas, tour buses pass but never stop at a building where Latino activists planned key civil rights events.

The two are among key sties in the nation’s civil rights struggle that have been overlooked, neglected and absent from tourist guides.

Advocates say it’s time that more states and local communities work to draw attention to the sites before they are lost forever to memory and time.

A few advocates with limited funds are now working to register some of the locations as historic landmarks. They point to efforts in Alabama where the state preserves more than 70 sites linked to the Civil Rights movement as a roadmap.