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from the late 1800s to the present. A series of galleries tells the stories of daily life for African- Americans in Alabama and the nation and how it differed dramatically from the lives white people of that era took for granted.

The Institute documents the rise of the movement and the succession of events it bore around the nation: the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks on a Montgomery bus for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man; the U.S. Supreme Court s bus desegregation ruling in 1956; James Meredith s 1862 admission to the University of Mississippi.

Just across the street is Birmingham s most famous civil rights landmark, the 16th Street Baptist Church. Though 16th Street Baptist was the church that drew worldwide attention,


A Must-See for Visitors AS MOST PEOPLE OF A CERTAIN AGE REMEMBER, an American revolution took place in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. It was the battlefield of America s Civil Rights Movement, a struggle for simple decency and common sense.

The story of Birmingham s role in the long march to civil rights has been told and retold around the world. With the opening of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in 1993, the city found a place to tell its own story.

Though the events of the 1960s steal the spotlight, the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and Alabama evolved from a complex history of race relations in the American South. Richly detailed exhibits in the Institute reveal slices of black and white life