Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Facility:Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Description:The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute signifies that Birmingham does not hide from its past. It acknowledges that where once the city housed two people, Black and White, unknown to one another except through the painful thread of segregation, Birmingham now embraces its past, neither forgetting nor dwelling on it, but using it to foster understanding.

The Institute recognizes the redemptive importance of memory. It is both a time capsule, and a modern day think-tank focused on seeking equitable solutions to common problems. In some ways the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute functions as a town square where the community gathers to discuss common concerns. It is a place where yesterday's struggles inspire a brighter tomorrow. It is a meeting ground for the makers of everyday history, and for those who write about the present.
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Address 1:520 Sixteenth Street North
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City:Birmingham
State/Province:AL
Zip Code:35203
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5
Admission:Adults $12; 55+ $5; College ID $6; 4th to 12th grade outside Jefferson Country $3; 17 and under in Jefferson County FREE
Telephone:(205) 328-9696 x203
Website:Visit Website
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E. Renicks, Co-op Member
This is an excellent resource for students of the Civil Rights era of American history. I would recommend it for sixth grade and up. The exhibits are highly visual and in some cases interactive, and it is hard to come away from the Civil Rights Institute without having been provoked to deeper thought and understanding.

Located in the heart of several important landmarks in Civil Rights history, the center offers the opportunity for either a general overview of this period in history or a depth study on different topics. The center's staff is passionate and knowledgeable. Don't miss a walk through the park across the street, which memorializes some events from Birmingham's history in a way that really brings home the reality of events of the 1950s and 1960s.
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