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Civil Rights District
Ranked #15 of 93 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: The neighborhood that was the center of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement is now a historic district with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at its center.
Hayden, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“So so.. ”
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Took the walking tour of historical district with family. There were a couple excellent little shops. That I would have never expected to find. Beautiful churches with lost of history. It was a long walk and would have been much better if there was ssome sort of virtual tour guide to tell you about different places. We used our phones for info and it was difficult for our tour guide to read all the info while trying to enjoy the tour himself. It would have been great to know where public restrooms were available on the 3 mile tour because it was a half day experience not just a tthree mile walk.

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Abbotsford, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Very moving experience.”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I am so glad that my wife and I took the time to visit the Civil Rights District. The self-guided tours are very informative and inspiring.

Visited July 2014
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Birmingham, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“First-rate history lesson”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Birmingham's Civil Rights District, including the Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church (site of the tragic bombing in 1963), and Kelly Ingram Park (where demonstrations were met with police violence) is a wonderful teaching tool for recounting the historic civil rights era. The Institute (small fee charged) has a film and an extensive exhibition hall with dramatic displays that literally walk you through the watershed events of the 1960's. The church, with its beautiful stained-glass window given by the people of Wales, is an important landmark. And the park, graced with several very powerful sculptures and the climax of a four-block "freedom trail", is a fitting prelude or postlude to your tour. This collection of important places is very accessible, inexpensive, and well worth your time!

Visited July 2014
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Hampton, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“I regret not bringing my family here”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

I recently visited the Civil Rights District while I was in Birmingham, Alabama on business. It was one of the most powerful places I have ever visited. The exhibits at the museum are thoughtful and well done and the volunteer guides are insightful. The 16th Baptist Church is right across the street and offer tours from 10-3. It is still a house of worship and you can attend Sunday services there. I must say that the most powerful area of the district is Kelly Ingram Park. (Free) There is a self-guided walking tour that you can take using your cell phone...tremendous. The sculpture in the park is so moving. The art moves you emotionally and makes you think about what positions you might have taken had you lived in Birmingham during that time. Art teachers will want to use photos of these artworks for multi-disciplinary units.
My family used to drive through Birmingham every year on the way to Florida. We should have listened to "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" on the way and stopped here. I suggest minimally 45 minutes if you're just going to the park and 2 -4 hours for a more complete experience.

Visited June 2014
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Walk in their shoes along the civil rights march route”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I grew up reading about the civil rights protests, and seeing the photos of the water cannons along the march route. It is another experience to actually walk along the short route from the church, past the Bus Station, to City Hall. For free, one can walk the route, and every 100 ft or so, there are placards that explain the segregation issues of that era. Also, the Civil Rights Museum is worth the price of admission.

Visited April 2014
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