31. Pepper Place Saturday Market (seasonal) April December The Pepper Place Saturday Market is a much-anticipated weekly event, taking place Saturday mornings from early spring through late fall. The region s farming families converge on a lot in the Lakeview District to sell fresh vegetables and flowers, fresh-baked breads, cakes and pies, and even fresh honey. Local musicians and Birmingham s finest chefs join the farming community and market patrons for entertainment and cooking demonstrations. A former Dr. Pepper bottling plant, Pepper Place is also known for its shops that have made it a premier design center. 2829 2nd Ave S. 205- 802-2100. pepperplacemarket.com
32. Rickwood Field Built in 1910, Rickwood Field is America s old- est baseball park. During its heyday, Rickwood hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lorenzo Piper Davis, Willie Mays and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Friends and fans eagerly await the annual Rickwood Classic, a game that pits the AA Birmingham Barons against a regular Southern League rival.
Team members dress in vintage uniforms, and people come from around the country to celebrate baseball history. The authenticity of Rickwood is being carefully preserved by the Friends of Rickwood Field. Open Mon Fri, 8 am 5 pm. Check events schedule for expanded hours. 1137 2nd Ave W. 205-458-8161. rickwood.com
33. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church National Historic Landmark The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is Birmingham s most famous Civil Rights landmark. On a September Sunday morning in 1963, four African-American schoolgirls were in the basement of the church just prior to the worship service. A bomb set by Ku Klux Klansmen ripped through that side of the church, killing 11-year-old Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, all 14 years old. The bombing was a turning point in the status of race relations locally and nationally. Now a National Historic Landmark, the church is a reminder of man s inhumanity and his capacity for love and forgiveness. The sanctuary of the church
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