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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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The church is spotless and a great reminder of the immense courage of everyday people facing-down brutality and eventually triumphing. An absolute must see while in central... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The church is spotless and a great reminder of the immense courage of everyday people facing-down brutality and eventually triumphing. An absolute must see while in central Alabama.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Seeing the actual church where the ugly history of young innocent children were killed was very moving and sad. And as moving, was walking through the park across the street where more sad and unimaginable acts of violence was acted upon young school children. Such a negative time in our countries history--- visiting here can't help but touch anyone's heart... More 

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Cheverly, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The sanctuary is beautiful and inspirational. It is worth a stop, there is no cost. There is a small room dedicated to the bombing but make sure you see the sanctuary and the "Amistad slave ship" built from clay by school children in 2000.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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