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16th Street Baptist Church

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Birmingham, United States.

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September 15, 1963 would have been like any other Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama at 16th Street Baptist Church, but at 10:22 a.m. a bomb detonated in the church basement, killing four girls between the ages of 11-14 years and injuring 22 others.

16th Street Baptist Church was a cradle of the national Civil Rights Movement and was a meeting place for civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The case went unsolved until 2000, when the FBI declared the event a doing of the Ku Klux Klan and convicted four men, two of whom had already died. This tragedy helped spur the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Today the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


1530 Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203-1850, United States


Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday (by appt. only)
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

16th Street Baptist Church website.

Written by  Alex Witt.

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