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.
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.
Throughout the Freedom Walk park there are disturbing statues.
And recognition of people who tried to do good.