Civil Rights District
Civil Rights District
4.5
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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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BillinDothan
Dothan, AL49 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
downtown Bham is just plain scary. this facility is in a very bad area. lots of bums on the streets. people are shot, robbed, beaten about every day.
Written May 3, 2012
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Teach67k
Paris, France13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Business
The Civil Rights Institute and its museum rate five stars. Nobody should visit Birmingham without stopping there and seeing the museum. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church across the street was the site of one of the most significant acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history, and is worth your time, too, as is the adjacent park.

The rest of the district is .... meh. There are a couple of decent soul food joints on Fourth North, and some old school barber shops and too many empty storefronts in the several surrounding blocks.

But the previous reviewer's statement that there are shootings, beatings and robberies downtown daily is ludicrous. I've had a loft downtown, just a few blocks from this district, for 10 years. A couple of thousand people, mostly professionals, live downtown and serious crime is rare.

That said, you should exercise the same caution you would in any urban neighborhood, and you can expect to be hit up for change by panhandlers.
Written May 11, 2012
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Stephanee J
Hampton, IL59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
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 a house of worship and you can attend Sunday services there. I must say that the most powerful area of the district is Kelly Ingram Park. (Free) There is a self-guided walking tour that you can take using your cell phone...tremendous. The sculpture in the park is so moving. The art moves you emotionally and makes you think about what positions you might have taken had you lived in Birmingham during that time. Art teachers will want to use photos of these artworks for multi-disciplinary units.
My family used to drive through Birmingham every year on the way to Florida. We should have listened to "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" on the way and stopped here. I suggest minimally 45 minutes if you're just going to the park and 2 -4 hours for a more complete experience.
Written June 29, 2014
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Mark
Laurel, Maryland601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are marker as you walk the streets highlighting significant civil rights moments and people in Birmingham's history. One of four "must see" in that area of town - Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church and Ingram Park.
Written January 4, 2020
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Christine B
Colorado Springs, CO229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
We stopped here on our recent Civil Rights history road trip. All I can say is that my mind was blown when I realized that every iconic photo and every story I’ve ever seen or heard from what took place in Birmingham all happened within one square block. If you want to explore civil rights history, this needs to be on your list. Stop at the 16th Street Baptist Church to honor the memory of four innocent lives lost in the horrific bombing. Cross the street to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and explore the larger story, as well as the lasting legacy. And then head to Kelly Ingram Park to see some amazing statues that bring the story to life. You can also take 3 walking tours starting in the park, to further explore the history.

Parking is ample here. Some is metered, so be sure to bring quarters. We were there during a weekday, so we were able to park for free in the 16th Street Baptist Church parking lot.

Note: There are lots of panhandlers in the area. They were not aggressive, but expect that you will be approached.
Written December 14, 2017
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BusyChasingNick
167 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
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.
Written May 13, 2014
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colleen_cc
Tampa, FL52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
My sisters and I decided to visit the civil rights sites in Alabama and Historic Bethel Baptist Church was our first stop. I could not have planned that any better, because it was THIS tour that gave us the foundational education we needed for the rest of our trip. Dr. Martha Boyer and Reverend Wilder spent their morning showing us around the property, including the sites of the bombings. They explained to us why Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth got involved in the civil rights movement and the impact of their church on the fight for civil rights.

This was one of the best tours of a historical site I've ever been on, mostly because of the passion and knowledge displayed by Dr. Martha Boyer and Reverend Wilder as they educated us. We spent over 2 hours onsite learning from them and being exposed to the history of the protest movement for human and civil rights, and even discussed the current state of civil rights and racism. Thank you so much Dr. Boyer and Reverend Wilder for providing us with this knowledge, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and appreciate the time you spent with us!
Written November 17, 2021
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Jeff and Cindy D
Sawyer, Michigan95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
You will be offered "a tour" by a pleasant homeless person. Don't freak out. Listen to their stories, and take the personal tour. It gives dignity; and you might learn something. It was a highlight for our 18 year old
Written April 2, 2017
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LOVELYLINDA66
Dallas, TX36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
As a foot soldier of the 60s, a visit to the Civil Rights District was very touching for me. The statues and replicas of the police, jails, dogs, water hose etc. captures the hardships, violence and danger we experienced during that era. The statues tell the stories along with the plaques and the guides. Beautiful displays.
Written February 20, 2017
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0504Traveller
Kenner, LA5,408 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
the civil rights district was laid out very well to show you all the important markers that happened in history and some of the key historical points, the only problem was I was the only walking to notice the markers so didnt feel all that safe -- there was no one else walking around the area
Written March 29, 2015
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