- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Preservationists say an abandoned Birmingham motel with ties to the civil rights movement is among the nation’s most threatened historic places.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is including the old A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham on its list of America’s 11 most endangered historic locations.

Other sites on the list include the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

The Gaston Motel was an operating base for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during civil rights protests in 1963. But the motel has been boarded-up and vacant for years.

The city of Birmingham is currently working on a $10 million plan to restore parts of the motel and include it in a new development highlighting human rights.

Mayor William Bell says work should begin within three months.

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