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“You can feel history”
Review of Kelly Ingram Park

Kelly Ingram Park
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Historical Highlights of Birmingham
Ranked #11 of 97 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Home to vivid sculptures of the Children's Crusade.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This park is across from the Civil Rights Institute and well worth the walk. The sculptures tell the tale of the civil rights demonstrations. There is a self guided cell phone tour that is a great idea and very informative. The sculpture of the dogs was particularly frightening. Yes, there are homeless people there and yes, they do ask for money, but I didn't feel threatened.

2  Thank jersey-ites
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Walk the paths of those who were fighting for their rights in Birmingham. There are 2 self-guided tours that start in the park and travel several blocks, with markers along the way. The park itself is home to an 8 point historical diorama of significant persons and events in 1960s Birmingham.

Thank Mellykn87
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This park is located across the street from the Civil Rights Insitute and the historic 16th Street Baptist Church (both great attractions). But be sure to also take a walk along the path that wraps around the park's perimeter. There are some great sculptures and markers telling the history in a way that really "puts" you into a place in history.

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

I had one day, Monday, to visit sites in Montgomery. To my dismay, the Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church are closed on Mondays. So, I walked across the street to Kelly Ingram Park and thoroughly enjoy the simulation of the March as well as the beautiful sculptures. It is well worth the time.

Thank nwnative44
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is a place that really speaks to the sadness of the civil rights issues of the sixties, and to the poverty of the current day. The tributes and statuary are well planned and intriguing. There are, however, many homeless people that spend time in the park. Perhaps because it represents so much to them.
I was with a group of friends, so was not too worried when a black man, smelling of beer, but otherwise presentable, approached us and began talking to us about the statues. We had time and interest, so we allowed him to tell us his story and guide us through the park. He was very well versed in the history of the place and told us about a few things that the locals know, which we don't read in the average textbook. He was overall very courteous and informative, and homeless... so in the end we all gave him some money.

We noticed that the other park dwellers stayed clear of us when he was with us. The next day, we were driving by, and stopped to take a quick picture of one statue that we'd not photographed, and there was a man standing behind it masturbating and asking us to help him! That was disgusting and wrecked the whole memory of that place for me.

I think the city needs to police this park daily, all day... and they should allow some of the "well behaved and informed" homeless people to work as guides. It would be a win-win for everyone.But for heavens sake, keep the absolute creeps away!!! Actually, come to think of it, we were in the city for 4 days, never saw one policeman. Saw a police station, located in the center of a wealthy neighborhood... Impression overall: not a city I'd return to, or want to be alone on a street in!

3  Thank rhodeygem
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