Birmingham, Alabama

We continued our civil rights education in Birmingham on January 15, 2020, in time for MLK day. The first stop was at the visitor center, where, as usual, the people were very helpful. The Museum of Art held an eclectic collection of glassware, paintings and photography. Dinner was at the Full Moon Bar-B-Que – the “Best Little Pork House in Alabama” – we recommend it! Our campground was in Pelham, south of Birmingham. The next day we returned to Birmingham and spent a good part of the day at the Civil Rights Institute.

Beautiful Building
In a still tough neighborhood

The entire exhibit is very thorough, detailed, moving, disturbing, and informative. As we were leaving we had a chat with a lovely woman who sat at the information desk answering questions. She had retired from teaching school in Birmingham and lived through all of the changes since the 1950’s. Things have changed in many ways, and have not changed in terms of attitudes. There is still a lot of educating to do.

Yvonne and a security guard
16th Street Baptist Church
Across the street from the Institute and the Church in the park are statutes of the four girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church
Detail from the statue of the four girls.

Throughout the Freedom Walk park there are disturbing statues.

And recognition of people who tried to do good.

This license plate was in the parking lot at Fish Market.

From the restaurant we could see our next stop up on the hill.
It is a tribute to Birmingham’s industry.
And a nice public park.
With beautiful stonework
And views of the city of Birmingham.

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