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16th Street Baptist Church
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Ranked #7 of 96 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 25, 2012

There is nothing like standing in this church. Wow. The place radiates its civil rights history. Combine a visit here with the Civil Rights Institute.

1  Thank Hilliary
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

in really bad shape. bums on the streets. dangerous area of town.

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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Try to take the tour. It is a very moving and emotional experience. Something you will never forget. We got lucky because Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven (TYSH) came by bus for an arranged tour and we were able to tag along even though we had not made previous arrangements. I believe suggested donation is $5.00. Prepare for about an hour of your time. They speak personally about what happened at the church and in Birmingham during that time period. They also show a short film about the church bombing as well as a bit of history about the time. Then you take a tour of the church and are shown where the girls were getting ready and where the bomb was placed along with other historical information. The people who conduct the tours are members of the church who are retired and do not get paid. They do the tours to help teach us about America's history and to raise funds for upkeep of such a historical landmark and their church. It is an old building and is in constant need of upkeep so donations are very much appreciated. The retirees who do the tours are so hospitable and teach you so much about the time period. I only wish we had time to attend services but, we were not there on a Sunday. Next time I am in Birmingham I will definitely attend services. I must also extend a special thank you to the kind gentleman from TYSH who let me take one of the manuals his organization put together for the kids on the Birmingham tour. It was very informative and helped my children and me learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and the kindness of others.

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Reviewed March 23, 2012

We were fortunate to have a tour & watch a film of the 16th Street Baptist Church when it was bombed in 1963 & four little Black girls were killed as they were changing into their choir robes. I loved the beautiful stained glass window that was donated from the people of Wales. Admission fee.

1  Thank NelsonMetroAtlanta
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

check hours before you go so you can walk inside. and although bham downtown is a little run down right now, walk around and enjoy the architecture

1  Thank K8y15
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