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16th Street Baptist Church

16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
205-251-9402
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Ranked #12 of 46 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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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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Gulfport, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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219 reviews 219 reviews
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
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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89 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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Clermont, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have always wanted to pay homage at this site and I got my chance recently. We received a tour of this magnificent church and I was blown away about its history and architectural design. I was able to get a tour of the church because some of the members were there practicing for Sunday morning service. They willing shared... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The tipping point of the Civil Rights struggle preserved!!! Don't go expecting some big spectacular exhibit, it is small and to the point!! History must be visited, so that it wont be repeated. You will encounter several harmless homeless looking people asking to take your picture for money, but dont be afraid. They are just trying to make a couple... More

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was touching to stand where those little innocent girls lost their lives in the bombing. It was a sober reminder that evil can find us anywhere we go. The people who were there to let us in & answer questions were not helpful or welcoming and somewhat abrupt & impatient on the day we visited. I would have liked... More

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Orcutt, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The church itself is beautiful with it's stained glass windows and red velvet pews, but it's not much in the way of a museum. Thrown together and not anything different than what was so expertly done across the street at the Civil Rights Institute. Skip this place and go to the Institute. The man who let us in wasn't very... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
43 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Just walking past it gave me the chills. It's lovely in itself - and even stronger as a symbol of equality.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A must see... I totally agree with the other visitors posts. Lots of stairs but handicap accessible. I may even return for service

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