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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

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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An Emotional reminder of the Civil Rights Movement

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

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 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.

1 Thank JeanYHZ
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

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.

2 Thank MN_TravellerMsp
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Coach A
Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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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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Reviewed 30 November 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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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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