1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Experience - Black History Matters Walking Tour

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This tour peals back the façade and reveals the true and devastating experience that was the day to day life of African Americans in the most segregated city in the country. Led by Wilhelmina Thomas, who is a storyteller, a needlewoman and a craftivist who grew up on the west side of Birmingham, Alabama in the Riley, Wenonah and Hillman communities. She attended Wenonah Elementary, Riley Elementary and Jones Valley High Schools. Her earliest memories include the church, the civic league and the Civil Rights Movement. It is these lived experiences which fuel passion about Afro, Afro American and Birmingham history.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: The Birmingham Historic Touring Company

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At:

The A.G. Gaston Motel, built by prominent African American businessman and entrepreneur, Arthur George Gaston (1892-1996), provided first-class lodging and dining in Birmingham, Alabama, to African American travelers. Designed by Birmingham-based architect Stanley B. Echols, the motel opened in 1954

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kelly Ingram Park

Kelly Ingram Park is an improved public park that contains emotionally powerful sculptures depicting the civil rights struggle in Birmingham. The park served as an assembly spot for activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other groups in the movement.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By:

This courthouse at the edge of the Civil Rights district is named for a former Senator, Supreme Court Justice, and Klansman.

Stop At:

Our only standing theater that allowed mixed (though still segregated) audiences

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At:

A park and statues dedicated to our local founder of the Temptations

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: 4th Avenue Business District

The remnants of our once dynamic "city within a city"

Stop At:

One of the best Black theaters - now the Jazz Hall of Fame...also you will see the Prince Hall "Colored" Masonic Lodge

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Civil Rights District

This is the center of the Civil Rights National Historic Monument
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