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Civil Rights District

Birmingham, AL
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Ranked #21 of 44 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The neighborhood that was the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement is now a historic district with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at its... more » Owner description: The neighborhood that was the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement is now a historic district with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at its center. « less
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took a Civil Rights History tour this summer that included Atlanta & Birmingham. The breadth of the information was phenomenal. Having grown up in the deep south in the 60s & 70s, we were very knowledgeable of life before & after the civil rights movement. However, we learned so much more during our visit to the museum, Sixteenth Street... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

People of today... We would've never survived what these people...these strong fighters endured. We need to wake up and realize the freedom that we have.

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Smiths Grove, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Took the walking tour of historical district with family. There were a couple excellent little shops. That I would have never expected to find. Beautiful churches with lost of history. It was a long walk and would have been much better if there was ssome sort of virtual tour guide to tell you about different places. We used our phones... More

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Abbotsford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I am so glad that my wife and I took the time to visit the Civil Rights District. The self-guided tours are very informative and inspiring.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Birmingham's Civil Rights District, including the Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church (site of the tragic bombing in 1963), and Kelly Ingram Park (where demonstrations were met with police violence) is a wonderful teaching tool for recounting the historic civil rights era. The Institute (small fee charged) has a film and an extensive exhibition hall with dramatic displays that... More

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Hampton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I recently visited the Civil Rights District while I was in Birmingham, Alabama on business. It was one of the most powerful places I have ever visited. The exhibits at the museum are thoughtful and well done and the volunteer guides are insightful. The 16th Baptist Church is right across the street and offer tours from 10-3. It is still... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I grew up reading about the civil rights protests, and seeing the photos of the water cannons along the march route. It is another experience to actually walk along the short route from the church, past the Bus Station, to City Hall. For free, one can walk the route, and every 100 ft or so, there are placards that explain... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Do not go here anytime approaching dusk. Drugs, vagrants and panhandlers. What a shame. You will be harassed. We live here and have visited several times. Nasty. Downtown Birmingham is not a safe place for families.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

As you walk around this district you are reminded of all the events that shaped where we are today. It is hard to believe that it was just 50 years ago that these things could have happened. If you are old enough to remember the image of the dog attacking the young boy, then the statue memorializing this moment will... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My family and I toured the district. We first went to 16 th street Baptism church! the to the National Civil Rights Institute then the park across the street! There is also a walking tour at the park across the street. This district is very educational, my family,and I learned a ton of things about this historical district.

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