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Civil Rights District

Birmingham, AL
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Ranked #16 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
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Hollywood, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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