Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama

Following 2 days in New Orleans we headed north, driving up to Birmingham, Alabama. We had only planned this as an overnight stop on the way up to Nashville, so we didn’t see much of the city. The thing I really wanted to do here was to visit the Civil Rights Institute.

The Black Civil Rights Movement in America is a subject which has fascinated me since studying it when I was at university. The history and the politics is something which I find so interesting, although I find it very difficult to get my head around some of the things that happened.

The Civil Rights Institute is a museum and research centre, depicting the struggles and triumphs in the fight for racial justice in the city, the state and the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. The museum is filled with educational, very well presented exhibits,  engaging for both those who know some of this history and those who don’t.

It is very moving, and an absolute must visit if you are ever in this area. It is also located opposite the 16th Street Baptist Church, which became a headquarters for the civil rights movement in Birmingham and in 1963 was targeted by a racially motivated bombing that killed 4 young girls.

Just a short stop on our Deep South road trip, but if you want to learn about the Civil Rights Movement (and you should) then add it to your list.

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