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marchers. Images of those attacks haunted Birmingham in the decades that followed, but they were the same images that were instrumental in overturning legal segregation. An audio tour, available via your cell phone, takes you on a journey through the most dramatic days of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. Bounded by 16th and 17th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues North.

26. Letter From Birmingham Jail Historic Marker Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail in April 1963 while he was incarcerated for violating an injunction that prohibited public civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham. He wrote it in response to a handful of Alabama s leading white religious leaders who had issued a public statement questioning the motives and methods of the King-led demonstrations in the city. 425 6th Ave S.

27. McWane Science Center Four fl oors of hands-on exhibits and an IMAX Dome Theatre are all part of the fun of learning at McWane Science Center. Celebrating science and discovery, the exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to space travel. Play tunes with your feet on the Giant Piano and learn about gravity with a ride on the High Cycle. Pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank and check out the Zoetrope for visual illusions of motion from still pictures. Open September May, Mon Fri, 9 am 5 pm; Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. June August, Mon Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. Admission. 200 19th St N. 205-714-8300.

28. Mercedes-Benz US International Visitors Center Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) in nearby Vance, builds the M-Class, the R-Class and the GL-Class vehicles. The visitors center, the fi rst one of its kind outside Germany, displays the star studded history of Daimler- Benz. This architectural showcase brings to life