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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
Phone Number: 205-251-9402
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: 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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Civil Rights Landmark - Living Church

Spike Lee's tremendous 1997 movie "Four Little Girls" puts a "face" on the horrific events of September 1963. A visit here puts the "place" to them. That this church is an active... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Spike Lee's tremendous 1997 movie "Four Little Girls" puts a "face" on the horrific events of September 1963. A visit here puts the "place" to them. That this church is an active place of worship as well as a significant civil rights landmark only adds to the impact of a visit. Tours are available from Tuesday to Saturday [be sure... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Birmingham was known as a volcanic nightmare of the South during the 60's, when it was nicknamed "Bombingham" from the many bombings of homes and buildings in the city's black neighborhoods by white supremacists who wanted to keep segregation eternal. This church became the center of racial attacks with a Sunday bombing that killed four girls preparing to sing in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Going to this church was a moving experience. Knowing what happened to innocent children in this church is quite disturbing. The video presentation is excellent, worth the trip to the church. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit and highly recommend!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The 16th Street Baptist Church was the site of bombing by white supremacists. A church serving the black population, the bombing resulted in the loss of several young lives. The church bombing was in retaliation to various protests by civil rights activists actively fighting against segregation and unjust and unequal treatment of African Americans by white dominated governments. The church... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

when the little girls were killed 50 years ago. I did not go in. There is a wreath and the name and picture of the children by the window where the bomb went off..a nice historic church..I hear that services are still hed here..

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

This is the church where 4 young girls were murdered when members of the KKK threw a bomb into the building. The church, the park and the Civil Rights Institute all tell their story. Even though the church was not giving tours when I was there, it was both moving and informative to read the information and to see this... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

My general sense of this experience was that the caretakers of the church are trying to take the focus off the bombings while still trying to be respectful of visitors. Their church programs even indicate "Where Jesus Christ is the Main Attraction." I understand this approach considering it is a fully functioning place of worship. Still I couldn't help but... More 

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Orem, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I visited the 16th Street Baptist Church for a Sunday morning service in December 2014 and highly recommend a visit with this church family. Pastor Arthur Price, Jr. was so inspiring. I really enjoyed his message. The music, the choir, the message, and the experience were all just amazing.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I visited the church and Civil Rights Institute upon arrival in Birmingham for a long-term job assignment. You must stop by if you are a real human being. It will wake you up to the horrors that our darker skinned brothers and sisters have experienced over the generations. I was in tears most of the time. I met a youth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The church is beautiful. The area of the church that was bombed has a memorial to the 4 African-American children that were killed. Being there really makes you think about injustice to anybody. The church is open to tours, but only on special days and with advance reservations. We stayed about 20 minutes.

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