The Fight for Civil Rights

In 1963, images of snarling police dogs unleashed against non-violent protesters and of children being sprayed with high-pressure hoses appeared in print and television news around the world. These dramatic scenes of violent police aggression against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Alabama were vivid examples of segregation and racial injustice in America.

Artwork depicting a 1948 red car, and the outline of a family of five in the background.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Free curriculum based on Christopher Paul Curtis's, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. Artwork by Micah Briggs.

16th St. Baptist Church with a sunset in the background.
Places to Go

16th St. Baptist Church, one of the 7 sites affiliated with the National Monument, is a space that commemorates tragedy and hope.

A raised fist with civil rights oriented national parks etched over top
We Will Rise

A podcast on national parks and civil rights

The Historic Bethel Baptist Church
Things to Do

Tour churches where meetings took place; stroll through parks where protesters marched; reflect in museums where artifacts are stored.

Last updated: September 6, 2023

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Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
1914 4th Ave North
Suite 440

Birmingham, AL 35203



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