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“Nice park with exhibits and sculptures relating to the Civil Rights history of Birmingham.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kelly Ingram Park

Kelly Ingram Park
Ranked #15 of 88 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home to vivid sculptures of the Children's Crusade.
Chicago
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182 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Nice park with exhibits and sculptures relating to the Civil Rights history of Birmingham.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 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.

Visited November 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Unexpected treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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.

Visited October 2012
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rhode island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“great, sad, don't go alone!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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!

Visited September 2012
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Stow, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Sends chills”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

In this park are sculptures of the various tortures levied on the African Americans. From dogs to firehosings to beatings. Also, there's a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. Across the street is the Civil Rights Institute and the Birmingham Baptist Church.

Visited July 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great park!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

Great park. It's littered with homeless so be careful though, they were nice but always asking for money. The walk around the park there is a path of things to see, it's really neat and has a lot of great photo (instagram) opportunities. I recommend checking out the park, it's very nice.

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