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The BCRI is located on a meaningful location: across the street from the notorious 16th St. Baptist Church, and near the once bustling African-American neighborhood around 4th Avenue.

The building itself is rather bland, but the exhibit is excellent: A short black and white film describes the early decades of Birmingham and the origins of the Civil Rights struggle. Subsequently, the movie screen itself goes up - like a curtain - and you are faced with one of those ghastly two-class water fountains, the start of the exhibit. After a thorough description of the bad old days, you get a solid chronology of what happened between the murder of Emmett Till in 1955 and the Obama inauguration.

Of the four Civil Rights museums I visited, this was the only one that was relatively crowded.

Address: 520 16th Street North - Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Website: http://www.bcri.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2010
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