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Home to vivid sculptures of the Children's Crusade.
5th Ave N at 16th St, Birmingham, AL
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

The park is a must for anyone interested in the civil rights struggle. The portrayal of some of the most troubling and difficult times through sculptures and statues tells the story in an incredibly moving way.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank M H
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful park with a lot of history. The homeless there are very nice and enthusiastic about their local history. One homeless man, Tony, took him upon himself to walk us around the neighborhood showing us other local history. Make sure to stop by the 16th...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

Named for World War I Medal of Honor winner Kelly Ingram, the park is located directly across the street from the 16th St. Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Institute. The park has markers and statues denoting major moments in the Civil Rights movement in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TripleLily
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We stopped with our three kids to walk through the park where part of the civil rights movement happened. There were plaques telling about each of the sculptures and the events they represented. The 16th Street Baptist Church where the four young girls were killed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KatherineH1575
Reviewed August 26, 2018

The park is across from the Civil Rights Institute and Sixth Street Baptist Church and while it’s clean, it’s also filled with homeless people. I walked around and took pictures freely without being bothered, but it could be frightening if you’re not accustomed to dealing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank romadaro
Reviewed August 21, 2018

This park will make you think and stir your emotions. It was definitely worth stopping to see. Statues like you have never seen anywhere else. This is not your typical city park. There are several other good historical sites within a couple blocks too.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank OK2234
Reviewed August 14, 2018

As part of Red Clay Tours we went through the park. Having Clay explain all the monuments made it more relatable and fascinating to hear the story behind them.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank johnpG3048XE
Reviewed August 12, 2018

The Civil Rights statues, memorials, and sculptures in this park are incredible. Just incredible. It is an emotional experience to walk around and see them and read the plaques. Add to it that it all happened right there where you are standing and it is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank joefromcincy1961
Reviewed August 7, 2018

This park has many stunning statues honouring the children of the civil rights movement. The tableaux of the 4 young girls killed by the kkk whilst going to their church just across the road brings you to tears. Sadly there were many more great statues...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Anne B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

A trip to Birmingham really isn't complete without a stop here. It won't take you long- about 30 minutes to an hour- but plan to be overwhelmed with emotion as you experience the importance of this park. A great stop before your tour of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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March 5, 2017|
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Response from Trudy S | Reviewed this property |
To kkhodl On Sat. and Sun. the meters are not working on those days so they are no fees for parking but you could also check the buildings for parking only too.
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Road trip - Birmingham Visit (6 Replies)
Hi, My daughter and I will be visiting Birmingham during our 'Southern Road Trip'. We will be driving down from Nashville on a Monday at the end of June. We 're planning to visit the Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, Vulcan Park, Barber Vintage Motorsports and if we have time the Botanical gardens. We will be driving to Memphis next. I'm struggling trying to figure out where to stay. Since we have a car - I'd like a hotel with free parking but would also like to be close to the...More
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Yes 78/22 is the best way to Memphis, but there's a little tricky detour spot north of Birmingham that you can get details on in another post closer to your trip time. As for a hotel, depends on budget, but I'd look at the mountain brook and Homewood areas. Nice, safe, "good" part of town with plenty of interesting restaurant and shopping options for your downtime. There is a Hampton, embassy suites, aloft, and courtyard all with free parking. If you want to splurge there's a lovely new...More