American Battlefield Trust will fund field trip to visit National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

Special to The Sun

Wakulla High School’s Breonne Murray and 44 students with 8 educations will soon head to National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, thanks to a grant from the American Battlefield Trust’s History Field Trip Grant Program.

This trip will provide students with an exceptional, hands-on history learning opportunity. Grants are awarded based on a competitive national application process, demonstrating Murray’s commitment to excellence in the classroom.
“This experience is unique for our students because not only do they visit sites they’ve read about in history class, but they get to meet people who lived through these events. The opportunity to hear firsthand information from members of the community is invaluable. These members share their story to preserve history. We are so fortunate to visit historic places of the Civil Rights Movement,” says Murray.
The American Battlefield Trust is the largest battlefield land preservation organization in the country, having saved more than 562,000 acres of hallowed ground across 24 states. Through visiting preserved battlefields and walking in the footsteps of the citizen soldiers who fought there, the Trust aims to provide a foundation of good citizenship for the leaders of tomorrow. The Trust strives to produce excellent educational resources in a variety of formats for both educators and the public alike, ensuring that Americans never forget how their country was forged.
Every year, the Trust receives applications from classrooms across the country to participate in the History Field Trip Grant Program, which offers funding and assistance to K-12 teachers planning field trips to Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War battlefields and related historic sites. During the 2018-2019 school year, more than 7,500 students from 24 states took part.
“These kids get a chance to go to where history was made, where our country was created and defined,” said Trust President David Duncan of the History Field Trip Grant Program recipients, “Battlefields are outdoor classrooms that will teach future Americans about our democratic republic.”
Murray has enormous enthusiasm for teaching history and is excited to utilize National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel as an outdoor classroom that will give her students a meaningful and memorable experience. The American Battlefield Trust is proud to support and empower such excellent educators as they inspire the next generation of proud Americans.
The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 54,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at