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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Ranked #2 of 97 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 6, 2007

The exhibits are very interesting, including the Movement Gallery, which takes visitors through the history of the Civil Rights Movement. I liked watching the videos they had, especially the one where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I have a dream speech." Very moving. At the Bus Ride to Freedom Exhibit I saw a burned out bus and video presentation. I saw the actual door from the jail cell where Dr. Martin Luther King wrote "Letter from Birmingham jail". They had the two sinks on display, one for whites and one for blacks. I watched a video on "Give Us The Vote" which told everything Black people went through to vote. There are many photos on the walls which represent various time lines in history. The information displayed with them is worth reading. The Civil Rights Institute is a very clean and modern building. They have a nice gift shop, too.
Tip: The Civil Rights Institute is free on Sundays (open 1:00-5:00) and they give AAA members a discount rest of the week when they charge admission. Park behind the building in their parking lot instead of on the street to avoid the parking meters.

7  Thank birdlady07
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Reviewed April 5, 2007

Took a group of high schoolers to this museum and was worried that they would find it boring. Quite the opposite! They wished we could stay longer than our 2 hours there because of all the interesting exhibits. This was a great place to visit no matter what your age. We enjoyed it very much and appreciated all the history. It was especially moving to see the acutal cell bars that MLK Jr. was held behind.

5  Thank Lark1010
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Reviewed March 23, 2007

This is a terrific and moving museum experience that really opens the visitor's eyes about the history of the African American experience and the civil rights movement in Alabama, and particularly the segregation and struggles in Birmingham. It has lots of video and film exhibits and many sculptures, artworks, photos, timelines, architectural displays, and other innovative museum exhibits. For example, there is an authentic burned out (from bombing) Greyhound bus that was used by the Freedom Riders.

Across the street is Kelly Ingram Park with an array of commemorative scuptures--not your average sculptures, but scuptures of police dogs lashing out at you and baring their teeth, or of a young black boy and girl being attacked by hose guns. We had a visually impaired member of our group who really appreciated all the tactile, sound and multisensory experiences the museum provided in addition to the visual.

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (where the four little girls were killed by bombing) is across the street as well. Apparently, you need to make prior arrangements to go inside, so we didn't get to see the inside.

7  Thank worldtraveler012
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