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16th Street Baptist Church

Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
Phone Number: 205-251-9402
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Ranked #10 of 97 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this church in 1963. The girls...
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 died, and a vibrant stained glass window donated in sympathy by the people of Wales adorns the historic church.

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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New Market, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It doesn't matter if you black, white or any other color, if you don't get chills looking at the photos and the clock that's frozen at the exact time of the bombing, then I can't imagine what would bring you to tears. This is definitely a great stop of many places and I plan to return to follow the path... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The 16th St. Baptist Church is a must for anyone who is interested in America's recent racial history. It's a working church, but there are tours available where docents show a small museum in the basement and give an oral presentation in the chapel itself. The story is heartbreaking, but like the holocaust, it's part of our collective American past... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I was shocked to find out that those responsible for such a horrendous crime had only been tried and convicted only ten/eleven short years ago...this is amuse see if visiting Birmingham. Such an ugly part of history...

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

When we visited they were technically closed but one of the pastors allowed us to come through and look at the displays. The church still has a congregation and services. They have done some remodeling since the tragic event in the 60's, but the signage tells where the girls were located and what rooms were there at the time. The... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This church and its parishioners were central to the civil right movements. All of the significant leaders of the civil right movement spent time in this church. The history of the church parallels the movement. For a fee of $5 you can see the church and hear a presentation by the manager of the church. Visiting this church and the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The 16th Street Baptist Church was the site of one of the most tragic incidents of the Civil Rights Movement. However, it's wonderfully maintained, and there's a nice memorial to the four young girls who lost their lives on that horrible day. It's right across the street from the Civil Rights Institute. Just be sure to coordinate your schedule at... More 

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