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16th Street Baptist Church

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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
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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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Never forget

Birmingham earned the nickname "bombingham" during the Civil Rights struggle as white supremacist groups frequently bombed locations in African-American neighborhoods. The saddest... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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Springfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family and I came here last week. I had called the previous week and spoken with a very nice woman who said we would be able to join a group at 1pm the day we would be in town. We arrived at the church a few minutes early and I told a woman we were there for the 1pm... More 

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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Birmingham earned the nickname "bombingham" during the Civil Rights struggle as white supremacist groups frequently bombed locations in African-American neighborhoods. The saddest case was the bombing of this church, which killed four young girls. The tour guides are knowledgeable, there is a good film and a small museum in the lower level includes plenty of photographs and news clippings from... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an absolute must see and is a Beautiful Church and you can feel and see the History surrounding the Civil Rights Movement.

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Waverley, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A powerful, poignant reminder of the Civil Rights Movement and the loss of 4 innocent, young lives. This church has been lovingly restored and preserved by its religious community. You can feel the reverence of this place. Lest we forget.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four little girls -- the park across the street -- the firehouses -- the dogs --- let's not repeat this in America by oppressing those whose rights are being suppressed. May we do the right thing in God's eyes.

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 7 February 2017

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 6 February 2017

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 19 January 2017

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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