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16th Street Baptist Church

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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
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+1 205-251-9402

Four young girls were killed when a Ku Klux Klan bomb exploded in this...

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.

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Important place to visit!

Need to arrange tours in advance. Ted was our tour guide and he spoke from the heart and told the important story of this church. Highly recommend!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Need to arrange tours in advance. Ted was our tour guide and he spoke from the heart and told the important story of this church. Highly recommend!

Thank mplsman2016
Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone living in Birmingham or passing through should stop here. It is a solemn place, and if you don't know the history please do some research. As a Boomer the era is still etched in my mind even after all these years. I am a strong man but I wept openly here. America is drifting back to the attitudes of... More 

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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We can't forget the sacrifices made in the fight for equal Civil Rights. What happened at this church is unforgiveable. These children didn't deserve their fate but it helped to galvanize people and move the fight forward. The memorial is very moving and the church is absolutely beautiful. Honor these martyrs with a visit. It's the right thing to do.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We got to the 16th Street Baptist Church in the afternoon and there were no tours scheduled for the interior so we were limited to the exterior of the building. My wife began talking to a fairly unkempt older black man who had all the appearances of a homeless person, but he proved to be a wealth of information about... More 

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Western Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you are visiting Birmingham, do not miss the opportunity to visit the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of a tragic bombing that represented one of the pivotal points of the civil rights movement. Learn the full story of the events that took place on Bloody Sunday, and visit a truly beautiful historic church building.

2 Thank Peter_01039
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The 16th Street Baptist Church is a "must visit" in Birmingham. It serves as a reminder of the strength and resilience of the people of the Civil Rights Movement.

2 Thank Linda R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

In this political climate it is more important than ever to remember our past, lest we have to repeat it. This site is a landmark that puts substance to the stories of the Civil Rights movement.

3 Thank Anne L
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I am not a religious person, and even if you're not, you should visit the 16th Street Baptist Church. This was a central location in the struggle for civil rights for minorities, especially in the South. It is the site of the deadly bombing that killed 4 young girls. You can feel the history. Everyone who works with the church... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Even though it was a horrible time in our countries history, the history and experience of touring the church is a wonderful thing. It will make you think very seriously about the sacrifice those folks went through to secure basic American rights. The presentation was stirring and professionally done with any questions answered fully and promptly. The guide was excellent... More 

Thank James J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

This church is located directly across the street from the civil rights institute. We were not able to go inside because we did have a reservation, but we did marvel in the solemn history.

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