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16th Street Baptist Church

16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
205-251-9402
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Ranked #12 of 44 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this church in 1963. The girls are remembered with a shrine in the crypt where they... more » Owner description: Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this church in 1963. The girls are remembered with a shrine in the crypt where they died, and a vibrant stained glass window donated in sympathy by the people of Wales adorns the historic church. « less
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was touching to stand where those little innocent girls lost their lives in the bombing. It was a sober reminder that evil can find us anywhere we go. The people who were there to let us in & answer questions were not helpful or welcoming and somewhat abrupt & impatient on the day we visited. I would have liked... More

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Orcutt, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The church itself is beautiful with it's stained glass windows and red velvet pews, but it's not much in the way of a museum. Thrown together and not anything different than what was so expertly done across the street at the Civil Rights Institute. Skip this place and go to the Institute. The man who let us in wasn't very... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Just walking past it gave me the chills. It's lovely in itself - and even stronger as a symbol of equality.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A must see... I totally agree with the other visitors posts. Lots of stairs but handicap accessible. I may even return for service

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Sullivan,Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Across the street from the civil rights institute, this church is a testament to the evilness of some and the strength and courage of others. Walking around you find some monuments to where the four girls were killed. It's amazing to see how big the church is and that it is still going strong

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This place will leave you changed. Those four little girls who died here, the innocence and incredible sense of loss is still on those grounds. Take your kids, of any race and have a conversation of the history of this country...the good, the bad and the ugly. We have come along way, but still have a way to go as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We stopped by the 16th Street Baptist Church so our daughter could put a place to an event. Fortunately, we were able to stay to hear the church administrator share many stories behind the event of the bombing for even better understanding and more to consider when thinking of the event. He was incredibly informative without being biased or loading... More

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

We got a tour (scheduled ahead) of the church and it was alright. You enter through the basement into an obviously older area of the church. A tour guide whisks you up some stairs (maybe three sets of six or so?) and into the chapel. We sat on the pews and were shown a video documenting the church's history. The... More

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Perth Amboy, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you go to the civil rights museum the 16th St baptist church is right across the street.The video they show is a tear jerker.A MUST SEE

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just across from the civil rights building I love the whole thing no dislikes 4 me except if you love history get there early!!

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