The southernmost map of this route begins in Mobile, Alabama, and follows several rivers north to Fulton, Mississippi. In the 1800s Mobile was a key port for ships to unload enslaved Africans. The Tensaw, Alabama, and Tombigbee rivers all flow into Mobile Bay, and were used as guides for freedom seekers to escape northward. Besides the lush green scenery and the many small towns Section 1 passes through, a host of museums, historic parks, and visitor centers bring the region's history alive.
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