Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is an extensive interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The Institute is located in the Civil Rights District, which includes the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. The permanent exhibitions are a self-guided journey through Birmingham's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and human rights struggles. Multimedia exhibitions focus on the history of African-American life and the struggle for civil rights. Educator Resources
16th Street Baptist Church is the site of a racially motivated bombing that resulted in the deaths of four young girls on September 15, 1963. The bombing marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to the support of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The church was also a rallying point for civil rights activities through the spring of 1963 and is where students marched out of the church to be arrested in the park across the street.
Kelly Ingram Park is adjacent to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church. The park is a tribute to the historical events that occurred in Birmingham in the 1960s. It contains a central fountain and commemorative statues of Dr. King Jr. and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. There are three installations by artist James Drake which flank a circular "Freedom Walk". They bring the visitor inside the portrayals of terror and sorrow of the 1963 confrontations. One corner of the park remembers other "unsung heroes"' of Birmingham's underrepresented.
Civil Rights Memorial Center honors the achievements and the memory of those who gave their lives during the Civil Rights Movement. Located in front of the museum is a circular black granite table with the names of the martyrs that radiate like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center and flows evenly across the top. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream". Educator Resources
Rosa Parks Library and Museum is a tribute to the civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks and recreates the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Artifacts include a restored 1955 station wagon, a replica of the public bus that Ms. Parks rode, and historical documents from that era.
Cleveland Avenue Time Machine is located in the Children's Wing of the Rosa Parks Museum. The Time Machine is a replica of a 1955 Montgomery city bus. Students board the bus and are transported back in time to the early 1800s where they observe scenes of social segregation and the social and legal challenges made by people like Harriet Tubman, Dred Scott, and Homer Plessey.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is the church where D. Martin Luther King Jr. was preacher from 1954-1960. Student groups will receive a guided tour of the church and parsonage and view a mural depicting crucial events and the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement from 1955-1965.
Lowndes County Interpretive Center is located approximately half way between Selma and Montgomery and is dedicated to the protestors that participated in the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. The march followed “Bloody Sunday”, where a group of protestors were brutally attacked by police at the foot of the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma. Educator Resources
The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute is located at the foot of the Edmond Pettus Bridge. The Voting Rights Museum is a permanent memorial to the struggle to obtain voting rights for disenfranchised African Americans.
Edmond Pettus Bridge is the famous site of the conflict known as "Bloody Sunday" where armed officers attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators who were attempting to march to the state capitol in Montgomery.
Tuskegee Airmen Museum is located near the original black college in Alabama; it was the site of the "military experiment" to train African-American pilots and support staff to fight in World War II. From 1941 to 1946 over 16,000 men and women participated in the Tuskegee Experiment.
George Washington Carver Museum is located on the campus of Tuskegee University and is divided into two sections. One section focuses on the comprehensive career of Dr. Carver. Within this area is some of his laboratory equipment, including salvaged parts of discarded equipment with which he set up his first laboratory. Also included are samples of peanut and sweet potato products. The second section of the museum focuses on the life of Booker T. Washington, the founder of the Tuskegee Institute. Educator Resources
Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center focuses on Alabama's multicultural history and the cultures of Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans.
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National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel was built around the famous Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The main museum exhibits tell the story of the struggle for African-American civil rights from the arrival of the first Africans in the British colonies in 1619 to the assassination of King in 1968. The Young and Morrow Museum, located across the street from the Civil Right Museum, contains exhibits pertaining to the assassination and subsequent investigation. Educator Resources
Slave Haven Burkle Estate is the former home of Jacob Burkle who was a conductor on the “Underground Railroad”. The old estate contains a cellar and a series of tunnels where slaves would hide for days, and sometimes weeks, to make their great escape to the North. The home contains artifacts and memorabilia designed to give visitors a sense of the daily life of a slave.