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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
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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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A Haunting Reminder of the Civil Rights Movement

A solemn place to visit to remember the civil rights movement. Beautifully kept, you can feel the history that accompanies this location. It is one thing to read about the Civil... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A solemn place to visit to remember the civil rights movement. Beautifully kept, you can feel the history that accompanies this location. It is one thing to read about the Civil Rights Movement. It is another thing to visit and feel the Civil Rights Movement.

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a real good stop after visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute as it is just across the street and affords you the opportunity to see the actual site where the September 1963 bombing was done by white supremacists. As it was a turning point in the civil rights struggle, it is explained in detail at the institute, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you don't go into the Civil Rights Institute, you can learn history all around starting with this historic landmark. Start your trail here, read the signs and be amazed at all the history that took place in the same steps you're standing in.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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 1 December 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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