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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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Site of great historical significance.

We were pressed for time and getting hungry, so we didn't go into the church, but just standing on those steps - in the shadow of history and the people who struggled and endured... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Saginaw, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were pressed for time and getting hungry, so we didn't go into the church, but just standing on those steps - in the shadow of history and the people who struggled and endured and made history - it was amazing.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a working church, and one that hasn't gotten enough funds to fully realize its potential. But visiting is still worth the effort. Browse the old black and white photos on the walls, examine the alter from which presidents and high-level staff and civil rights icons have preached through the years, find out where the bomb was placed before... More 

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Calgary
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

we were not able to go inside the church as it was a sunday and is not open to tourists, but the park and civil rights museum are just across the street and the story of the bombing of the church is well covered as well as a sculpture in the park commemorating the children who died that day was... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

There is so much history at this church and Kelly Ingram Park, across the street. My husband and I spent an afternoon in Birmingham and met a man at the park who was only 5 years old back in the 1960's and lived just 4 blocks from the bombing. He showed us where the bombs went off at the church... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My wife and I walked across the street from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to the church and were very glad we did. We think it's a must see. It's a lovely building and the simple gallery downstairs has wonderful pictures that helps to explain what happened and what was going on with bombings of other churches. We also walked... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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
34 helpful votes 34 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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