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Kelly Ingram Park

5th Ave N at 16th St, Birmingham, AL
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Ranked #11 of 44 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Leisure education, Hiking
Traveler Description: Also known as West Park is nice during the day, but you may want to avoid it at night. Sculptor James Drake created several pieces for the park... more »
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We walked about the park reading the information and also could have an audio tour by phone. That was cool! The statues are amazing and very touching as they depict the struggle for civil rights. There may be some homeless folks in the park but they are not too intimidating. Spend about 1 hour

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Located across the street from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and on the opposite corner from 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park is a monument to the Civil Rights Movement. Pay attention to the statues throughout the park. The monument depicting a young African American being threatened by a police dog is particularly powerful.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We visited Kelly Ingram Park after seeing the Civil Rights Museum. I think this order was helpful to ensure you understood who some of the sculptures or memorials were for. Walking around was just eery. It really gets you into the history. The sculptures really draw you in and evoke feelings of the past and present. It's a beautiful park... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I wasn't sure whether this park might be overstated. In fact, the sculpture, setting, guide signs with history and overall feel is nothing short of inspirational. It is hard not to be moved by the perfect combination of art and troubled history. This is a part of America's story, and in this case, it is one of triumph of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The park is a great place to stretch your legs and admire the sculptures placed around. It really is great to walk around after a visit to the civil rights institute across the street

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had been here about 14 years ago, and, thankfully, it has improved considerably; it has more sculptures, nicer green space, and it is less seedy (we simply didn't feel safe 14 years ago). It is now a beautiful green area with about ten sculptures scattered throughout representing different elements of the Civil Rights movement. I got choked up a... More

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Pinson, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This park is directly across from the Civil Rights Institute and diagonal from the 16th Street Baptist Church. It features a well tended lawn and walking paths. There are many statues that depict realistic scenarios from the Civil Rights era. There is a central fountain and sitting area (although the fountain was out of service when I visited). There wasn't... More

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Florida Keys, Florida
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This outdoor park is the epicenter of the civil rights movement. As you stroll around the park, you can read and look at inspiring sculptures that helped shape our country in this most volatile of times. It is a free walk and takes about 45 minutes. Make sure you visit each site and read the plaques. Look around you, those... More

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Abbotsford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a must for anyone interested in the history of the civil rights movement. The displays around the park are very moving.

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What an experience to actually stand where history was made in the name of freedom. The park was beautiful and quiet with plenty of shady places to rest. We followed the Freedom Trail in the park and learned so much. It brought chills to my body just thinking about the anguish and the struggle of those who suffered before me... More

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