The 16th Street Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, affiliated with the Progressive National Baptist Convention. In 1963, the church was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members. 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
Unfortunately because of COVID, the church was not open for tours, but quite honestly, just being in the location and walking the outside was enough. Emotionally it's a tough place to visit, but... 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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