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“Very Moving”

16th Street Baptist Church
Ranked #11 of 93 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.
Naples, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
810 reviews
467 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Very Moving”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The Church itself is very nice with dome wonderful stained glass windows but the volunteer here really made the visit. His quiet but moving descriptions of the conditions in Birmingham at the time was wonderful.

Visited May 2013
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Waco
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
“Living history”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

My family visited the church on a weekday midday during a recent trip to Birmingham. I wish I knew more specifics of the civil rights battles that were carried out here during the 1950s, but even with minimal history knowledge of that time, this was still a good place to visit.

The church still hosts an active congregation and has been well-maintained. There is a "memorial nook" in the basement (enter through the glass doors in front, rather than up the front steps) with photos that tell some of the history of the church and the civil rights movement.

Visited April 2013
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Memphis
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Must Visit”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a must visit on any trip to Birmingham. It is a history lesson and the church has set up a memorial chapel that pays homage to the young ladies that were killed and has some other information on the Civil Rights movement as it took place in Birmingham. One drawback, if there is a school group, it is best to wait until they leave. Really little children don't understand the gravity of what they are seeing so they were noisy, talking really loud, and spent more time purchasing sodas from the machine than actually appreciating/respecting what they were seeing and where they were. My criticism is that this took away the solemnity and in some ways the respect that one should have for the space. Afterall, four people were killed there.

Visited March 2013
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Indialantic, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
260 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“A National Historic landmark”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is one of those places that everyone should visit if they have the chance. We were very glad we did.

Visited April 2013
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NJ
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A piece of history”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The church is an important piece of civil rights history and yet is still operational. It was amazing to be there.

Visited March 2013
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