Alabama Civil Rights Legacy
Few states have a history that is as rich as Alabama. It’s the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, and many of its most important moments took place in the state. From the Freedom Riders journeying into the South to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus, the Alabama Civil Rights Movement changed the country forever. Explore history at interactive history museums and exhibits from one region of the state to another. Be inspired by unique opportunities to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on America. Reflect on the challenges we have triumphed over as a nation and the ones we have yet to overcome. If you’re interested in learning about the Civil Rights Movement, Alabama is the place to visit!
48 Hours in Birmingham
BY AMITY MOORE JOYCE
This year, in conjunction with other Birmingham civil rights champions, the city will recognize the 60th anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement.
To stay near the heart of where Birmingham’s Civil Rights Movement unfolded, consider two accommodations. The Redmont Hotel, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, is the oldest-running hotel in the city. It first opened in 1925; now, it combines the verve of the 1920s with today’s desire for swank comfort. Enjoy “happy hour” at the rooftop bar, where you can see the city skyline and get an overview of the neighborhood—you’re only five blocks from the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Another option, and a 15-minute walk from the national monument, is the Elyton Hotel. It is a AAA Four Diamond property housed in the former Empire Building. For an easy, unique after-dinner excursion, visit Sloss Furnaces, already a great daytime attraction, to experience “Light Up Sloss.” This energy-efficient display literally spotlights and backlights in bright colors Sloss’ historic furnaces, smokestacks and iconic water tower.
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Featured Locations & Events
Whether it's walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge or touring 16th Street Baptist Church, Alabama has some of the most enriching civil rights experiences waiting for you.
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Alabama Civil Rights Trail Podcast
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