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16th Street Baptist Church

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Address: 16th St & 6th Ave, Birmingham, AL
Phone Number: +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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Revisiting the tragedy of the 1960's

This was a very important trip for me because of the 4 girls killed while attending church in the 60s. It also represented the loss of live the struggle of Blacks to be treated... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This was a very important trip for me because of the 4 girls killed while attending church in the 60s. It also represented the loss of live the struggle of Blacks to be treated as first class citizens and although beaten , killed , jailed, they never fought back or lost the willed to continue to fight for freedom. All... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The tour was very emotional, especially when they talk about the 4 girls. The memorials were very touching. Paired this with the museum and the park. Doing all 3 together really tied everything together and gave a comprehensive look of the Civil Rights movement of the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful Experience! With the park right across the street my family and I were able to have a comprehensive meaningful visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Very historic, never got a chance to visit, want to attend a service but opportunity didn't present itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I actually was fighting back tears. I enjoyed the tour of the church. They showed us were the bombing took place. The inside of the church is exactly how it was during the bombings. They had memorials for the girls through out the church and I learned a few things I did not already know. I almost cryed...the experience was... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We weren't able to tour inside as it requires a reservation in advance but just walking the periphery is an essential history stop in Birmingham.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

The church is a beautiful edifice. It's hard to believe it has such an ugly part in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to try to enter, but I did walk briefly through the park that's across the street from the church, where artwork honors the four little girls died in the church. Worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

I thought the statues of the little girls was a very awesome tribute. It was a place we could take the kids and give them a glimpse into our history and the issues our country has battled and continue to battle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The events of September, 1963 are very much a part of the fabric of this vibrant church community. There really isn't a "tour" in the traditional sense. You are seated in the sanctuary and watch a film recounting the events of the bombing. After the docent provides more context and answers questions. The docent who was with our group was... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This church is a sad reminder of the hate filled individuals who thought so little of the lives of other human beings. But, it also inspires us to know that there are still good people in the world. The four little girls did not die in vain. Their death led the way for a better world. The four little girls... More 

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