The 16th Street Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, that is frequented predominantly by African Americans. In 1963, the church was the target of white supremacist terrorism, when it was bombed by the KKK. The bombing killed four young girls in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The church is still in operation and is a central landmark in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Since 2008, it has also been on the UNESCO list of tentative World Heritage Sites.Put16th Street Baptist Church into our Birmingham online tour planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
16th Street Baptist Church Reviews
I decided to see this Baptist Church because of the sad history. I’m glad I had the chance to go by. more »
Even though I couldn't go inside, it was very important to me to pay homage to the brave people who used this church as the base for civil rights activity and to honor the four young girls killed... more »
We visited the church today and we'd long known of its significance. The building itself isn't extraordinarily beautiful, but the importance is what it represents....tours are given at certain times, but not when we were there - although the custodian kindly showed us around, and later we met the pastor & we had a very pleasant conversation with him. They have a small gift shop and my friend bought a very nice shirt, plus there's a small donation box and certainly the church is reliant on donations.
Beautiful church with so much history. I took my girls when studying the equal rights movements. Being there looking up those steps, made them realize the events happened many years ago but they happened in the places all around us.
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