Bay County Courthouse to be added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Courthouse is one of the first landmarks in Florida to be added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

The Bay County Courthouse is home to the court case Gideon v. Wainwright, which expanded civil rights in 1963. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled legal counsel is a fundamental right and most be provided for defendants.

Destination Panama City representatives say a historical marker will be placed at the courthouse.

They say the U.S. Civil Rights Trail spans 14 states and features places where activists successfully sought equal access to public education, public transportation, and voting rights. The locations all go along with the theme "What happened here changed the world."

The Bay County Courthouse is already listed on the Panama City Visitor's Center Downtown Panama City Historic Tour and a State Historical Marker is displayed at the courthouse.