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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour provided by Red Clay Tours

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
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Attention all history buffs: skip the many generic city tours that skim over the city’s past and instead take a deep dive into Civil Rights history on a tour of the movement’s most relevant landmarks. By joining a focused small-group tour you can learn about the integral role Birmingham played in the Civil Rights Movement and get individual attention from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore Birmingham on a guided Civil Rights-focused tour
  • A combo driving/walking tour makes it possible to hit all the top historic sights
  • A small-group tour enables the guide to focus on the aspects that interest you most
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore Birmingham on a guided Civil Rights-focused tour
  • A combo driving/walking tour makes it possible to hit all the top historic sights
  • A small-group tour enables the guide to focus on the aspects that interest you most
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 56778P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Air conditioned transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to significant weather (hurricane, tornado, or ice), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will walk over a mile on the tour in temperatures anywhere between 40-100F. Guests must be able to walk unassisted at a reasonable speed.
  • Not recommended for those that cannot walk at least a mile.
  • Not recommended for those affected by cold/hot weather.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Air conditioned transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to significant weather (hurricane, tornado, or ice), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will walk over a mile on the tour in temperatures anywhere between 40-100F. Guests must be able to walk unassisted at a reasonable speed.
  • Not recommended for those that cannot walk at least a mile.
  • Not recommended for those affected by cold/hot weather.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 22 Aug 2021
A note from Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Masks covering the nose and mouth are required by all individual while in transportation at all times. Gaiters, handkerchiefs, or similar face coverings are not acceptable masks. There are no exceptions. No refunds will be given to guests that refuse to comply.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    512 16th St N
    512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
    I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Civil Rights District
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Kelly Ingram Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    16th Street Baptist Church
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Linn Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Boutwell Auditorium
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Smithfield
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 7
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 8
    Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 9
    John Herbert Phillips Academy
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 10
    Wells Fargo ATM
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Lee A
Knoxville, TN242 contributions
Highly Recommend this Tour!
Nov 2021
Do not miss this tour if you want to learn about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham! Mike was our guide (his son, Clay, owns the business) and his passion for and knowledge of the story of civil rights in Birmingham makes this tour outstanding. Mike and Clay have built relationships with many in the community of those who lived through the time covered (~1930s to 1960s) and with their offspring. These relationships have resulted in additional information you will not get from a self-guided tour or from books. The tour basically follows a chronological path that ends with the September 15, 1963 16th St Baptist Church bombing. Throughout the tour Mike made several recommendations for films, podcasts and books we can use to further our education on the civil rights movement in Birmingham. The logistics for the tour could not be easier for participants. Parking was free and directly across the street from the pick-up point. The shuttle van was clean and comfortable. Mike thoughtfully included a restroom stop which was much appreciated by our group. The tour itself is not "easy" in that you learn about the relentless inhumane treatment of one group of Birmingham citizens (Black) by another (white). The stories of injustices suffered by the Black citizens of Birmingham over so many years are deeply disturbing. But just as Germany has done with their horrific history, we should make sure all future generations of Americans know the truth about what happened here. This tour is an excellent addition to that quest for truth.
Written 25 November 2021
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Joyce M
North Carolina Coast, NC3 contributions
MUST DO
Nov 2021
Great tour. You must take this tour very interesting and educational. Tour Guide was great very knowledgeable about black history in Birmingham. Learned a lot. We want to do it again.
Written 16 November 2021
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mspups
san diego ca148 contributions
Really good tour.
If you want to know the history of the civil rights movement, I can't imagine a better tour. Mike was our tour guide with Red Clay Tours and took us to places we would have never found on our own.
Written 3 November 2021
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Coach
1 contribution
Very Educational
I have been on a number of tours and Mike was among the best tour guides I’ve ever encountered. A very knowledgeable and cordial guide. Highly recommended!
Written 3 November 2021
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY142 contributions
Memorable and Gratifying
An absolute must in Birmingham. Ditto to all other reviews. 375 five star reviews out of 381 reviews in total speaks volumes! The guide was fully engaged, empathic - he read the audience well, knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic, organized, and punctual. The bus was comfortable. The descriptions and information related to current and past events without an agenda. I was skeptical of the price (I can be cheap), but as soon as we left the first stop at the statue of Fred Shuttlesworth we knew we got good value. The educational experience elevated and enhanced our stay in Birmingham, creating a cherished memory that inspires us to return (I would enjoy taking the communist tour). 381 people agree with us. You will too.
Written 25 October 2021
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Carey S
Schaumburg, IL72 contributions
Great historical storytelling, see all the nooks and crannies of Birmingham with a local guide
Very interesting history from our guide, Mike, who grew up in the area. You’ll get about 100 years of history in 3 hours, some walking and some on a bus. You’ll be in some downtrodden neighborhoods, but we felt safe. No mask required outside, required on the bus. I look at Birmingham in a whole new light as a part of the civil rights movements, thanks to this tour.
Written 15 October 2021
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Danny W
3 contributions
Excellent Tour - Highly Recommend
Oct 2021
An ABSOLUTE MUST! We met Mike and had a GREAT tour learning in more details about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham as well as history of Birmingham intertwined with this. The information was significant in having a better understanding. The detail was great. Certainly one of the best tours we have taken. We had a number of questions which Mike was more than happy to answer. Given he had grown up in the area, he was able to give us personal account of what was going on in the city. Wished we were staying longer because we would not hesitate to take more tours with Red Clay Tours.
Written 14 October 2021
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Adam
Westminster, CO2 contributions
A must do tour, educational and emotional!
Oct 2021 • Solo
This had to be one of the most educational tours I’ve ever done. Our guide was truly exceptional, offering critical insights into the sordid past of Birmingham, and Alabama more broadly. While perhaps not for the faint of heart, I do think learning from history is truly one of the only ways to avoid repeating it, and this tour hits that mark 10/10!

PS, I only wish I looked as good as the guide did in his awesome suit and hat!
Written 10 October 2021
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Danielle J
1 contribution
Don’t miss this!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We absolutely loved our guide. He was so knowledgeable and catered to the wide variety of people on the tour (including kids). It was obvious he cares deeply for Birmingham and the people who live there. You cannot miss this tour when you are in town!
Written 10 October 2021
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Kelly M
1 contribution
Excellent Tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
Mike is so knowledgeable about the history of Birmingham and brings it alive through his story telling. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning in Birmingham and can’t wait to bring our kids back for the tour!
Written 7 October 2021
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Introducing Birmingham
Clay is very knowledgeable about Birmingham and was able to answer any questions we had. A great experience for the
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Excellent tour of city
This tour was fabulous! Clay does a great job showing you the highlights and speaking to the city’s history. En
MJC50499
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Great experience
Excellent tour, learned so much - an enjoyable afternoon seeing the entire city. We could not have seen everything
TrekkerTT
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Birmingham History!
Excellent tour! Clay is a fantastic tour guide! We learned a lot about the history of Birmingham and other little
susanshearer13
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Best tour!
Red Clay Enterprises are professional and knowledgeable. Our guide, Clay, enjoys his job and made it fun and inter
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Love Birmingham
Best tour I ever took. Clay loves Birmingham, good and bad. Appreciated his passion. Although I hope he can learn t
janycem2013
janycem2013
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Birmingham is more than just Civil Rights
My husband found out about this natl historical landmark that explains the history of the iron industry in Birmingh
Atraveler722
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We were stuffed!
You definitely get plenty of food on this tour! Everything we ate was delicious, and we loved trying some local res
Rena T
Rena T
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Historical highlights of birmingham
Clay enterprises, father and son tour business. Brilliant, this particular tour run by the son and like the father
kimberlywV1477LK
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Be Sure to Take this Tour while in Birmingham
This is a very well rounded tour of the city of Birmingham. A must do while here. There is a good mix of local a
596gailb
596gailb
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Clay was awesome
We took the food and craft beer tour and Clay, our guide, was awesome. He started us with hotdogs and they were del
AlisonFromLexington
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Incredible Civil Rights Tour
Clay is an amazing tour guide. His love for the city of Birmingham and his passion to share its history was so impr
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What a wonderful tour!! Our guide, Clay was informative and very inclusive of everyone. The food and alcohol stop
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AlexTeacherTraveler
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Honestly Painful (and Oddly enough, Humorous)
I am so grateful that this tour exists! I was unfamiliar with Birmingham's history - this tour, with guided comment
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