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Kelly Ingram Park

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Address: 5th Ave N at 16th St, Birmingham, AL
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Home to vivid sculptures of the Children's Crusade.

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Fascinating, and sobering, trip through American history

A clean, lovely park worthy of any visit to Birmingham. School children peacefully protested in this park, in 1963, only to be met with firehoses and police dogs. Despite the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tiffany F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A clean, lovely park worthy of any visit to Birmingham. School children peacefully protested in this park, in 1963, only to be met with firehoses and police dogs. Despite the grim, yet important events, the park preserves the history in a tasteful manner. Interpretive plaques explain the events; a fountain, commemorative memorials, and statues depict the events and influencers of... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park is a nice park in the city. You walk around the circle and read about the history of the civil rights movement and citizens of Birmingham that were very influential. Seeing the statues of the children who were lost in the bombing of the church was very moving.

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Thank John K
Fairfax, Virginia
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We arrived just as the sun set. There was a little light left, but was mostly dark. As I was checking out the 16th St. Church, I was approached by a homeless woman telling me how drunk she was. This was a bit uncomfortable, but after I told her I had no money she left and didn't approach me again.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Kelly Ingram Park is filled with statues that explain the history that occurred here. It's saddening to think that this beautiful park was the site of so many dark and evil acts. Wander around the park to look at the statues and then follow the signs for one of the self-guided walking tours. We choose the walking tour that followed... More 

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Springville, Alabama
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

As you walk through the park, you will be in awe of the small area, that was a huge part of the Civil Rights Movement. Walking through the park you take a time back in time. We started at the children/girls memorial statue, trying to imagine the pain/hurt and fear of the time. You walk through a curving walkway, following... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This historical park was dedicated to the freedom riders, and the 16th St. Baptist Church bombing victims. A site where beatings, riots, marches and rallies took place during the times of civil unrest in Alabama. When you walk through and observe the monuments, you experience the period in the 1960's, in the days of segregation and Jim Crow laws and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Yes, there is the obligatory MLK statue but..., note the placement. He stands on a pedistal overlooking the statues of the 4 girls killed in the bombing, with the 16th Street Baptist Church in a direct line of sight across the street as if he is looking but mostly remembering. All the statues and figures are more than photo ops.... More 

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Birmingham
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

You know, the park and statuary and historical displays are unique and excellent. But here are my takeaways: Upon arriving, my pre-teen daughter, who has never before or since ever said such a thing, said "I see black people and they're all staring at me". we all laughed at the veiled reference to the "I see dead people" line from... More 

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Thank John L
Phoenix
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is one of the key places in the Civil Rights Movement. Protesters faced down Bull Connor's fire hoses and police dogs here. There are several sculptures commemorating the demonstrations. The 16th St. Baptist Church is nearby. The events which happened here still reverberate even today.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Kelly Ingram Park provides an historical background to the Civil Rights Movement via sculpture and informationboards. Powerful sculptures depict incidents in the area and screens provide history of retail blockade. Across the road from 16th St. Baptist Church and Birmingham Civil Rights Museum.

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