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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

  • Visit landmarks including Dynamite Hill and Bethel Baptist Church
  • Avoid hidden costs with all entrance fees included
  • Gain intimate insight into the battle for civil rights from your guide
Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
From US$55.00
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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
From US$55.00
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.
What to Expect
Enjoy complimentary pickup from your downtown hotel or Airbnb as your guide drives to Kelly Ingram Park to begin your historical tour of Civil Rights sights in Birmingham. Pickups are 5-15 minutes before the tour begins. If you have not scheduled a pickup meet your guide at the Fred Shuttlesworth statue in front of the Civil Rights Institute. The tour starts promptly at 9:45 AM.
Our small group of no more than 12-14 will walk around the park as you learn about the origins of segregation in the city of Birmingham and state of Alabama. We then visit the following sights: Linn Park, Boutwell Auditorium, Parker High School, Dynamite Hill, Bethel Baptist Church, Phillips High School, sight of Freedom Riders attack, Kelly Ingram Park, Gaston Motel, 16th Street Baptist Church. Depending on availability we may access the interior of Historic Bethel Baptist Church. While being driven around Birmingham your guide will lead you every step of the way and talk about what made Birmingham so integral to the fall of segregation.
Hotel pickup and drop-off within downtown Birmingham, which include:
• Elyton Hotel
• Redmont Hotel
• Hampton Inn - Tutwiler
• Sheraton Birmingham
• Westin Birmingham
• DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham
• Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB
• Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown Near UAB
• Courtyard by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB
• SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB
Reviews (71)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Outstanding tour

Clay gave an outstanding tour. His knowledge of the Birmingham civil rights movement as well as Birmingham history are impressive. While this is billed as a walking tour, it’s mostly driving and you get out at a few stops. It’s not all beautiful and everything...More

Thank Charles and Ben... R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Excellent tour of Birmingham for Westerners

Clay picked us up right on time and from the beginning to the end he did a great job teaching us about the history of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham. The whole thing was incredibly moving and it worked well to combine this tour...More

Thank Michael E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Important tour!

Clay is a great tour guide and speaker. He has done his homework and takes you to places you may not know to go, but does it in an entertaining, thorough, clear chronological manner. Highly recommend, we learned a lot. Thanks Clay!

Thank jengehl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Outstanding Tour - Excellent Guide

Clay Cornelius is a gifted tour guide - one of the best I've ever been with. He took six of us on his three-hour "Fight for Rights" tour that was informative, interesting and powerful. Clay is an amazing storyteller who helped us understand Birmingham's violent...More

1  Thank JHDC16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A unique dive into local & national history

Four of us -- two couples -- embarked on a week-long pilgrimage to civil rights movement historical sites. We finished up in Birmingham, where a highlight of the entire journey was Clay Cornelius' Fight for Rights tour. 3-hours of non-stop story-telling by a truly gifted...More

Thank Robert H
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Clay is very easy to work with. Just send him an email and ask if he could start at a different time. If there’s a large group the day you want to go on the tour he may not be able to accommodate another time, but if it’s... More
2 May 2018|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
We had a private tour and Clay was willing to start at any time. I believe the group tour did start at 10am. If you email Clay he’s very responsive and will get back to you right away. He’s a great guy and you’ll love the... More