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“Great history”

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Ranked #2 of 69 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s.
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

If you like history this is the place to go in Birmingham very well donr and very informative it was a great experiance

Thank Fernando G
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Have been wanting to get to this iconic spot for years. It begins with a film, that opens the door to a room depicting the Jim Crow South, moving along with timelines of various civil rights events and national events. Be forewarned. We spent far too much time in the early part of the museum and did not have time to see the additions, which we are told take us into the next level of race relations. Allow three hours. Also, the 16th Street Baptist Church across the way closes at 3 p.m., so get there early unless you intend to return for church services. Docents here extremely cordial. Do not miss in downtown Birmingham!

Thank TravelbeeSantaFe_NM
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Our 50th High School reunion toured this place. It was the brainchild of David Vann,the last white mayor of Birmingham and finally brought to fruition by Richard Arrington, Jr., the first black mayor. We also road along the civil rights trail, seeing "dynamite hill" along central avenue. I had no idea, even though I grew up in Birmingham. A real eye opener!

Thank Ricky D
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

This is a major institute to learn about the Civil Rights movement - it goes far beyond the 'modern period' starting in the 1950's and encapsolates the incredible resiliance to the hatred generated against African Americans (and others!) for no other reason that equal rights meant that everybody needs to be treated fairly. We spent over 3 hours in the building looking at exhibits and searching records. Very worth the time - be prepared to learn!

Thank sid a
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

So glad we visited. Much of the history of civil rights suppression and progress has not been taught in the United States, but it needs to be known if any of us want to keep our freedom. It was especially heartening to see parents with children showing them the exhibits, explaining to them why it is something that is important to them. No, this is not about politics. It is about human rights.

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