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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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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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520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1911
+1 205-328-9696
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

I am a 45 year old white man. I learned things today that shook me, things I will never forget. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a required stop if you're anywhere close.

Thank CameronGrayVA
Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

This is so much bigger than you think. The rooms keep going on and on. Allow plenty of time. There's a lot to read...but you will want to read it all. Birmingham has done a good job of sharing it's dark, but inspiring past.

Thank Taji B
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is what resilience in the face of discrimination looks like. Every American owes a debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed greatly to simply be treated as fully human. Not separate--simply equal. I stopped by thinking I'd squeeze in an hour or two at...More

Thank Iowa50021
Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is a high-quality museum experience and a powerful depiction of the oppression black people have lived with for so long in our country. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Birmingham.

1  Thank Chuck W
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

This should be a mandatory visit for all Americans. We forget the struggle it took for Blacks to realize equal rights. Very effective video messaging. We still have a long way to go.

1  Thank Kimberly P
Reviewed October 13, 2016

The institute really helps put into perspective the strugle of the 40's and 50's for the black American. As a white man it is difficult to relate to what minorities feel every day when just going about their business, but a walk through this place...More

4  Thank James J
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

Hard to believe these events took place within my lifetime! Not a great reflection on society and we should never forget the suffering of these people for basic human rights. Very informative and friendly staff helped make this an enjoyable visit.

1  Thank mystic100
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Moving, educational, even my 9 year old son enjoyed the visit - it was sad for him, but he still liked the institute

1  Thank GRITSfromAL
Reviewed October 10, 2016

The opening film is really excellent. The exhibition emphasizes the risks taken and the fact that people who lived through the era had to take a side. I appreciated the acknowledgment that organizers, activists, and protesters are unpopular in their own time even though they...More

1  Thank Amanda B
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

I highly, highly, highly recommend you visit this tremendous tribute to those who believed, fought, sacrificed and still believe in equal rights. We visited on a Saturday and it was not crowded. The institute is very well done and flows easily as it teaches or...More

1  Thank BoonieStomper99
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September 8, 2017|
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Response from Michelle D | Reviewed this property |
We parked in the 16th Street Church parking lot with no problem although, as another poster responded, there is also parking on the street. Be sure to leave a little extra time to stroll through the park across the street... More
December 29, 2016|
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Response from Taji B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I agree with Jessica R. It's not in the best part of town so walk it during the daytime hours.
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June 22, 2016|
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Response from dashiell3 | Reviewed this property |
the address is 1520 16th Street North