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Civil Rights Institute & More


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16th Street Baptist Church

Perhaps the center of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid 1900s, the busting city of Birmingham features a host of intriguing historical landmarks, museums, and other cultural sites relating to the movement.

To wit, you’d be remiss not taking in the depth of history at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, set in the Civil Rights District of Birmingham.

After you’re done, don’t go too far! Other cultural sites in the Civil Rights District include the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

One of Alabama’s most iconic landmarks, Vulcan Park & Museum is a must-visit for central AL adventurers. The 56-foot statue stands out, clearly, but the adjoining museum and 10-acre park aren’t to be missed either. Make the drive in from Leeds or Pelham with ease.

Opened in 1927, the Alabama Theatre is another one of Birmingham’s cultural gems. Even better, it’s still in use. Come by and enjoy a film or live event, and be sure to get a snap shot of the Crawford Special-Publix One Might Wurlitzer organ, a National Historic Landmark in its own right.

For more artsy Alabaman culture, hit the Birmingham Museum of Art, nestled in downtown, home to nearly 25,000 different pieces. Among the collections, the Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden is noteworthy to say the least.

One could make an argument for the University of Alabama being Tuscaloosa’s cultural linchpin, given the presence of the Alabama Museum of Natural History on campus. This museum is nearly 200 years old, featuring some of the state’s most prized historic exhibits.

Check out the wealth of historic sites all in one afternoon in the Downtown Bessemer National Historic District in Bessemer. If you’re getting hungry, grab some grub at the Bright Star, AL’s oldest restaurant.


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