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“Birmingham-Civil Rights Institute & Museum”

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Ranked #2 of 92 things to do in Birmingham
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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.
Silver Spring, Maryland
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Birmingham-Civil Rights Institute & Museum”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Very inspiring and appropriately signed for maximum inspiration. Also, very well located just across the street from the beautifully preserved 16th Street Baptist Church.

Visited November 2013
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“Great and Timely Venue”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Very well done. Call ahead and try to combine with trip to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church across the street--the site of the '63 bombing. And don't miss the statues in Kelly Ingram Park.

Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Awe-inspiring and Informative”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I loved this museum. I was familiar with several of the events of this time but the museum introduced me to many more that
i was unaware of. Birmingham was central to the struggle. What set it apart from the civil Rights Museum in Memphis (which is a must visit) was the number of actual articles donated to the museum. The eeriest section of the museum houses a fire-bombed bus that carried protestors.

Visited November 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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75 reviews
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“Excellent musuem”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

This musuem gives a detailed accounting of the civil rights movement and how Birmingham played a role in the movement. Exhibits are well done and provide a real sense of the times during the 60's.

Visited November 2013
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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“Understated, under appreciated”
Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

There are no words I could write that accurately summarize my visit to the civil rights museum.

What a tragic truth that writes itself on the pages of our history. A history that is quite evident many people still refuse to acknowledge. I spent 3+ hours in the museum reading/watching every artifact.

My utmost respect goes out to those that literally put their lives on the line, daily, to fight for something that should have been theirs to begin with.

What a tremendous exhibit. Real, interactive, impactive. The thing that saddened me the most was that in those 3 hours I was the only white person in the entire building. I hope this museum can help educate future generations.

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