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16th Street Baptist Church

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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
Phone Number: 205-251-9402
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Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this...

Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this church in 1963. The girls are remembered with a shrine in the crypt where they died, and a vibrant stained glass window donated in sympathy by the people of Wales adorns the historic church.

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4 Young Girls

What an awesome visit this was. My son was in total awe during the tour since he read the book and viewed the movie "The Watsons go to Birmingham". It was so important and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an awesome visit this was. My son was in total awe during the tour since he read the book and viewed the movie "The Watsons go to Birmingham". It was so important and inspiration for him to feel like he was there right next to the girls and those who were present at that time. Really enjoyed the tour... More 

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salem, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An overwhelming feeling domes over you as you realize where the bomb blew that killed 4 beautiful young girls. To think that Dr. King may have stood on the very spot you were standing is Awe inspiring !

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very active working church (beautiful inside), and it is not a well-oiled tourist site. There are a few tours available (call ahead), and there is a small gallery in the basement of photos. Since it's right across the street from the museum you can step over and read the placards that are outside. If you don't get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the church during our family reunion. I was very educational and great to share the experience with my 8 year old son. My cousin does professional tours so we had a very good time.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While my visit to Birmingham I had to come to pay my respects and to relive what I had read and videos that I've seen many years ago growing up that had taken place 53 years ago. These girls were martyrs for the cause to bring awareness of the evils that be to light.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the church was not open since they were having a wedding that day. We look lots of picture outside. I will be returning. Birmingham is so historic

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Overbrook, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having grown up reading about the senseless tragedy and loss of those 4 little girls in Birmingham, I wanted to visit the site and bring our daughters to see it as well. The church is simple but beautiful in its own right. RIP sweet little girls.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It still saddens me that people don't understand the importance of the 16th St. Baptist Church when it pertains to the Civil Rights movement and even U.S. History. My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to 16th St. Baptist Church and we were both moved. The tour begins with a 10 minute "Documentary" and then people are allowed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this church with the intention of experiencing a different aspect of the building. We were aware of its history and so too are all the local people. Many of whom remember the incident, like to was yesterday. They remember how the stained glass window which was blown out, bears an image of Jesus and how only the face... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This historical church was a treat to see. They do tours of the church. The inside is gorgeous. They also still have service there.

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