Located at 16th Street North across the street from Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church, this fascinating ... More
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Located at 16th Street North across the street from Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church, this fascinating gallery tells the story of Birmingham's tragic and triumphant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This state-of-the-art facility utilizes multimedia presentations, photographs and other artifacts to document the African-American struggle for racial equality, and relates this history to other human rights struggles around the world. Admission is free on Sundays.
Along with a nice history of Birmingham in the 7-9 minute movie that started the experience, this is a nicely done and suprisingly large museum that displayed the courage and vision and endurance of those who participated in the struggle for justice for African-Americans of color. Our family is a group of white Caucasians and we felt comfortable. Our family was treated very courteously by the staff and security guard. On our particular Sunday to visit, admission was free but donation was requested.
Before arriving, I listened to the full audio of MLK's "I have a dream speech"; I also ready MLK's "Letter from a Birminghma Jail". I appreciate watching the triumph of those who struggle courageously and with enduriance to overcome obstacles for a worthy purpose. I had to hide a tear a few times while reading and watching the museum's exhibits and enjoying the spectacle and story being told. Among those pursuing greater justice and freedom and civil rights -- Some were injured; some died; but triumphs were achieved.
The museum was awesome. It gave you the since of what it must have been like during the time when African-Americans were fighting for equality.
Be sure to take the walking audio tour of Kelly Ingram Park across the street.
I was lucky enough to encounter a gentleman in the park that participated in the marches as a child and he pointed out events and buildings in the area that were a part of the struggle.
Every American citizen needs to visit this place. I could not believe how cheap the admission was, they should charge much more for the Excellent quality of this Institute. You will need to allow for at least 3 hrs. Never a boring moment!
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