Civil Rights Heritage Trail Birmingham’s Walk to Freedom

Blanche, Alabama

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During the run-up to and observation of the 50th anniversary of 1963’s civil rights confrontations, the city of Birmingham launched the Civil Rights Heritage Trail, an effort to take history to the streets of downtown. There are now multiple self-guided routes through downtown, some featuring audio narration via cell phone. Kelly Ingram Park, the scene of the most famous clashes between protestors and law enforcement, serves as the trailhead for principal tour routes. Adjacent to the park are the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which commemorates the struggle against segregation, and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a staging post for the marches and the target of a bombing on September 16, 1963, which killed four young black girls.

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"During the run-up to and observation of the 50th anniversary of 1963’s civil rights confrontations, the city of Birmingham launched the Civil Rights Heritage Trail, an effort to take history to the streets of downtown. There are now multiple self-guided routes through downtown, some featuring audio narration via cell phone.

Kelly Ingram Park, the scene of the most famous clashes between protestors and law enforcement, serves as the trailhead for principal tour routes. Adjacent to the park are the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which commemorates the struggle against segregation, and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a staging post for the marches and the target of a bombing on September 16, 1963, which killed four young black girls."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blanche
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 591 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Kelly Ingram Park

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Jun 2018