Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

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Sculpture of praying ministers at Kelly Ingram Park. 


Designated by President Barack Obama on January 13, 2017, the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument encompasses four city blocks of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, preserving the landmarks of the American civil rights movement that served as the headquarters for a civil rights campaign in the spring of 1963. Known as “Project C” for confrontation, this civil rights campaign challenged unfair laws designed to limit the freedoms of African Americans and ensure racial inequality.


The historic sites preserved within the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument include: the A.G. Gaston Motel which served as the headquarters for the Birmingham campaign; the 16th Street Baptist Church that was the target of a September 1963 bombing that killed four young girls who were preparing for Sunday school; and Kelly Ingram Park where protesters were violently disrupted by police dogs and powerful water cannons. The National Monument also includes the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; a number of 4th Avenue Historic District sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places; as well as Bethel Baptist Church that is noted for its significant association with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, and was the historical headquarters of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.

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