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Civil Rights District

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Address: Birmingham, AL
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The neighborhood that was the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement is...
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.
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This area is fascinating. The park across the street from the 16th st church is very well done. Commemorates the struggle of the children and the people of Birmingham and what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This area is fascinating. The park across the street from the 16th st church is very well done. Commemorates the struggle of the children and the people of Birmingham and what they had to go to, to obtain their freedom. The brutality inflicted on the children by the police and the dogs they used is disturbing and a hard reminder... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My husband and I spent an afternoon downtown learning a great deal about the civil rights movement from the Civil Rights Institute, to the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park...well worth our time. We talked to a man in Kelly Ingram Park who was 5 years old at the time of the bombing and told us what it... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We stopped in Birmingham during a long road trip for only a couple hours to visit the Civil Rights Museum, and really enjoyed the Civil Rights area with so many iconic places. Right near the museum there is the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, as well as a park commemorating the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. You can even walk the... More 

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Kenner, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

the civil rights district was laid out very well to show you all the important markers that happened in history and some of the key historical points, the only problem was I was the only walking to notice the markers so didnt feel all that safe -- there was no one else walking around the area

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New London MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Civil Rights Institute located here is one of the very best museums dealing with the Civil Rights movement. Beautiful park with statues depicting the violence which occurred here in the 1960s. Also the 16th Street Baptist Church is across the street from the Institute. Well worth the visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Civil Rights Building, The 16th Street Church and Kelly Ingram Park where Martin Luther King Spoke. I am so glad I visited all of them on my quest to learn about US Civil Rights History..most occurred before I was born..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Birmingham is my home, so I had to return at take my children to tour this area, they needed to experience and not just go by what the see on television or read about in books. It is a really good tour.

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I enjoyed my visit to the area and even experienced a bit of history. We took pictures in front the birth homes of Nat "King" Cole and Ralph Abernathy. There was also a Memorial to Rosa Parks across from the University Campus.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I brought my 12 year old son along on a business trip, and we stopped in here to enjoy some history. I thought it especially important for him as a biracial child, but anyone who loves the feel of history up close will love the Institute. There are scenes set up to replicate "the way things were" last century, and... More 

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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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