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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Ranked #2 of 96 things to do in Birmingham
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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.
Reviewed January 26, 2012

This was a very informative museum about the history of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham.

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Reviewed January 23, 2012

The tour starts off with about an 8 minute film which is okay and then what is kind of neat is the screen moves up and you walk behind it into the Institute which is set up as several dioramas you can walk though. You can walk through a house, peek into a bus, see the barbershop, look at the school rooms, etc. it's really kind of artistic and neat. The statues are very detailed and life like.

The information is pretty much what you might have learned in schools, but it's still a great place to visit nonetheless and drives home what a terrible blot on our history this period of time was and how it was made better through the Civil Rights movement.

Hint: Sundays are free but they do accept donations. Make sure you check in at the left hand admission box before walking up the steps or security will stop you before going in. They also ask you to turn off your cell phones and don't take pictures inside.

Thank NOLAmeow
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

I visited the museum on the same day I went to 16th Street Baptist Church. It was really interesting! I recommend everyone try it out.

Thank BrittneyT_12
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Everyone should visit this institute. They do an amazing job of covering the history of the civil rights movement. The visit is a very emotional experience. They use newspaper articles and videos that make the events feel current. It is shocking to hear what some of the interviewees in the videos say and how comfortable they are saying it. It is important to remember how many people gave their lives to ensure the right to vote that so many people ignore today. This institute and the Holocaust Museum in D.C. should be seen by everyone. I grew up in the '60s. I learned a lot about the years that preceded that.

Thank spellboundmom
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

This will wake you up to what the civil rights movement was all about. I grew up in the 50's and 60's, but being a Yankee, had no idea how bad it really was. This is a must see even if you're not a history buff.

Thank Pam C
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