The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument covers 18 acres in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama. The monument was established in 2017 in order to protect and commemorate the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement.
The park is still in development, but visitors are able to visit the major historic sites associated with the monument: The 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the A.G. Gaston Motel, Bethel Baptist Church, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is the perfect introduction to the historic sites included in the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. The museum at the institute offers an interactive overview of Birmingham’s history and role in the Civil Rights Movement. A self-guided tour takes visitors by artifacts like the Freedom Rider bus and the door from the jail in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the famous, “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.”
The 16th Street Baptist Church, A.G. Gaston Motel, and Bethel Baptist Church were all sites of bombings by white supremacists. Kelly Ingram Park is the location of the Children’s Crusade protest that took place on May 3, 1963.
RV campers looking to visit Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument can find excellent accommodations about a half hour drive away at Oak Mountain State Park Campground. The campground features 57 sites with full hookups and 27 sites with water and electricity hookups.