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16th Street Baptist Church

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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
Phone Number: 205-251-9402
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Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this...

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.

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A nice memorial

The simple memorial to the girls who were killed when white violent extremists bombed the church is worth seeing. The church is an active church and was closed when I was there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The simple memorial to the girls who were killed when white violent extremists bombed the church is worth seeing. The church is an active church and was closed when I was there but just standing at the site was powerful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was born an raise in Birmingham, but I had never visited the 16th Street Baptist Church until I became an adult and took my own children to my hometown and took them on an historic tour of Birmingham. We also visited the Civil Rights Museum and the park. I think everyone should visit these historic sites when in Alabama.

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Lucedale, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A landmark we should not have to see, but all need to see. To be reminded of our history..so it may never be repeated. The church stands, as it did so many years ago on that same corner in Birmingham. Across the street is a museum, and a park. Both are must-see sites as well.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The tours were not going on at the time we were there, but seeing where so much history of the Civil Rights Movement happened is very inspirational. Would like to go back and take the tour.

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Thank John K
New Haven
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

In 1963, the KKK set off a bomb at this church that killed 4 little African American girls. Thee is a memorial at the site, and the church can be visited although it was not open the day I was there. Everyone should be required to visit this church to see the results of man's inhumanity to fellow man. I... More 

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Birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a Historic Site that has been preserved very well. It is awe inspiring to be there looking at what we have seen many times on television news reels of the aftermath of the tragic bombing. Be forewarned that the area can be intimidating. Upon emerging from our car, we were immediately met by panhandlers asking for money. Also,... More 

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Chatham, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We parked and walked across the street - to be met by a gentleman who asked if we knew the history, and proceeded to show us around and talk about the events of that fateful day in 1963, and what the neighborhood was like then, and the unforgivable events that followed. A stone marking the names of the four young... More 

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Springville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

The solemness of history of this church first gets to you seeing the proximity to the park, side walks the area in a whole that was a monumental part of the civil rights movement. To see were the little girls were killed and hurt really touches you. On the right hand corner you can see were the bricks were replaced... More 

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Conway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

The church is beautiful inside and out. Stained glass windows and stone architecture. Sadly the story of the bombing on 09/15/1963 that killed four young girls is tragic and sad. I'm sure it shaped the entire city of Birmingham and our entire country. Highly recommended if you're in the area. Then walk through freedom park.

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

This historical church was the first colored baptist church in Birmingham. Those who visit the church will want to get inside and sit in the pews and imagine a time when Martin Luther King spoke during the period of segregation and civil and racial unrest. A place where they held meetings and rallies, and which became most known around the... More 

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