• Birmingham Civil Rights Center - Birmingham, Alabama

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      Photo by Dennis Goza
      Birmingham was arguably the capital of the civil rights movement in the USA and the intersection of 16th Street North and 6th Avenue North was the epicenter. Accordingly, one corner of this intersection is now the site of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which features 58,000 square feet of archives, galleries, and event facilities. On another corner the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church still stands and operates. It was here that four young girls were killed when the church was bombed in 1963. These victims are memorialized by a plaque at the church, and by one of several sculptures across the street at Kelly Ingram Park, which was the site of historic demonstrations. Iconic photos of the Birmingham Police attacking peaceful protesters here with dogs and fire hoses sparked outrage and ultimately change.

      If you go:
      The Civil Rights Institute is closed on Mondays except open every day during February. The Institute provides audio tours of Kelly Ingram Park. Tours of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church can be scheduled, for a small fee, every day except Sunday and Monday.


      520 Sixteenth Street North
      Birmingham, Alabama 35203 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Civil Rights Institute
      +1 (205) 328-9696

      Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
      +1 (205) 251-9402