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“A must-see if you are in central Alabama” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
205 328 9696
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Ranked #2 of 30 Attractions in Birmingham
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s.
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“A must-see if you are in central Alabama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2007

This is a terrific and moving museum experience that really opens the visitor's eyes about the history of the African American experience and the civil rights movement in Alabama, and particularly the segregation and struggles in Birmingham. It has lots of video and film exhibits and many sculptures, artworks, photos, timelines, architectural displays, and other innovative museum exhibits. For example, there is an authentic burned out (from bombing) Greyhound bus that was used by the Freedom Riders.

Across the street is Kelly Ingram Park with an array of commemorative scuptures--not your average sculptures, but scuptures of police dogs lashing out at you and baring their teeth, or of a young black boy and girl being attacked by hose guns. We had a visually impaired member of our group who really appreciated all the tactile, sound and multisensory experiences the museum provided in addition to the visual.

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (where the four little girls were killed by bombing) is across the street as well. Apparently, you need to make prior arrangements to go inside, so we didn't get to see the inside.

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