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16th Street Baptist Church
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US$55.00*
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Ranked #11 of 95 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 23 March 2014

We visited the church after visiting the Civil Rights Institute, which is right across the street. As this is an active church, you can only visit a small room in the basement that takes about 5 minutes to go through. I actually learned more about this church when we were in the Civil Rights Institute. It was good to see it, so take the extra 5 - 10 minutes and go to this very historical site. There is no fee, but a box for donations at the end.

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative, though not very friendly. There was a group of elementary school kids visiting when I was there, and the kids asked some really good questions. I was a little put off by the harsh way the guide responded to their questions. (I really wish I could remember his name.)

It is a very short tour, and the video is very touching. It's free (though there is a donation box), so be sure to check it out. It's worth the visit.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

The historical significance of the 16th Street Baptist Church cannot be overstated. It served as an organizational headquarters, site of mass meetings and rallying point for folks protesting widespread institutionalized racism. From this church children gathered after "cutting school" on May 2nd 1963 to join in the "Children's Crusade" resulting in the arrest of over 600 children which may sound horrible but was generally accepted as a wildly successful move in winning the battle for civil rights in the city of Birmingham. The most infamous event that happened at this church was it's bombing by the KKK resulting in loss of 4 little girls and the injury of 22 others. Because of this history, I recommend travelers stop by to see it. During my visit on MLK Jr. Day 2014, I was allowed into the basement of the church to use the bathroom but the tours were closed for the day so the memorial room was closed and locked. Peeking through the window it looked far less inspiring than the displays next door at the Civil Rights Institute. Frequent travelers might be disappointed by what they see in comparison to other historic "holy grounds" but need to do their homework so they know that this church is Birmingham's Civil Rights Movement Ground Zero.

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

There is just a small memorial room in the basement of this church to honor the memory of the 4 girls killed in the bombing. you can see it in 5 minutes.

I opted to attend Sunday services here and enjoyed myself. Come prepared for the service to last till 1:00 - yow! Fortunately I was kinda prepared for that likelihood. glad I was able to do that to share in the experience.

1  Thank rustymambo
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Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

Powerful place, somewhat somber but important.
Much history in the area, and this is one that should be seen by all. It speaks volumes about injustice and sad times.

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