Birmingham is known for its civil rights history, but matching landmarks to their significance can be difficult on a self-led tour. Visit notable locations, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the site of the 1961 Freedom Riders attack, and discover their history from your guide. Travel between sites with ease via air-conditioned vehicle, and benefit from the small-group size for a more intimate experience.
Explore Birmingham without the hassle of planning and navigating on a historical highlights tour with round–trip transport from the doorstep of your accommodation. In addition to providing stories you won’t find in guidebooks, your guide points out landmarks that visitors often miss if exploring on their own. Snacks, beverages, and air conditioning on board are included for your comfort and convenience.
This is the introduction and exploration of our dark and interesting history and covers many of the main haunted and unusual sights downtown. We begin with the tales of the founding of our city as a rough and tumble mine and mill town, and continue through on with missing children, spiteful murders, and discovered corpses. We hear the tales of two of our haunted hotels, and four of the five original churches of the city. There is then the tale of murders most sad, which has led to the legends of the “Mermaid of the Lake” and the major riot that followed. Then continuing through the darkness, with the shadowy footsteps that follow…to the discovery of a hidden cemetery or two…
We will not shy away from shining a light on a rather ugly chapter in our cities history…and that is what it is. History. It will be presented as such and not glossed over with a bunch of politically correct language. There will be discussions of what hate and misunderstanding led to. There will be uttered what is today considered to be offensive words and phrases, but were the everyday language of both sides of the conflict at that time. Such words will be tempered and moderated, and be in context of history, but they will be there. We will not cross the “N word” line.There are sites such as Dynamite Hill (which led to the nickname "Bombingham") and the Freedom Riders site that will be visited also on this very comprehensive tour through a dark history.We will walk in the steps of the marchers and protesters. The steps of the Reverends Fred Shuttlesworth and Martin Luther King, Jr. The steps of the oppressed and the oppressors.
The Crusaders for Civil Rights -The Church, The Children and The Community Birmingham, AL Tour is an historical American story many will never forget. This tour tells the story of the evangelistic support in Birmingham of the crusade for Love the greatest commandment. We will explore the crusade of the brave children who marched for all our future and the involvement of the business community that culminated to the passing of 1964 Civil Rights Act. There are stories and activities that would make you want to cry and others that would make you laugh as our country continues to heal together.