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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour provided by Red Clay Tours

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
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Tour snapshot
Explore Birmingham on a guided Civil Rights-focused tour
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
14
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Attention all history buffs: skip the many generic city tours that skim over the city’s past and instead take a deep dive into Civil Rights history on a tour of the movement’s most relevant landmarks. By joining a focused small-group tour you can learn about the integral role Birmingham played in the Civil Rights Movement and get individual attention from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • A combo driving/walking tour makes it possible to hit all the top historic sights
  • A small-group tour enables the guide to focus on the aspects that interest you most
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A combo driving/walking tour makes it possible to hit all the top historic sights
  • A small-group tour enables the guide to focus on the aspects that interest you most
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 56778P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Air conditioned transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to significant weather (hurricane, tornado, or ice), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will walk over a mile on the tour in temperatures anywhere between 40-100F. Guests must be able to walk unassisted at a reasonable speed.
  • Not recommended for those that cannot walk at least a mile.
  • Not recommended for those affected by cold/hot weather.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Air conditioned transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to significant weather (hurricane, tornado, or ice), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will walk over a mile on the tour in temperatures anywhere between 40-100F. Guests must be able to walk unassisted at a reasonable speed.
  • Not recommended for those that cannot walk at least a mile.
  • Not recommended for those affected by cold/hot weather.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 22 Aug 2021
A note from Birmingham Civil Rights Tour
Masks covering the nose and mouth are required by all individual while in transportation at all times. Gaiters, handkerchiefs, or similar face coverings are not acceptable masks. There are no exceptions. No refunds will be given to guests that refuse to comply.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    512 16th St N
    512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
    I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Civil Rights District
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Kelly Ingram Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    16th Street Baptist Church
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 4
    Linn Park
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Boutwell Auditorium
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 6
    Smithfield
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 7
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 8
    Eddie Kendrick Memorial Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 9
    John Herbert Phillips Academy
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 10
    Wells Fargo ATM
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY164 contributions
An absolute must in Birmingham. Ditto to all other reviews. 375 five star reviews out of 381 reviews in total speaks volumes! The guide was fully engaged, empathic - he read the audience well, knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic, organized, and punctual. The bus was comfortable. The descriptions and information related to current and past events without an agenda. I was skeptical of the price (I can be cheap), but as soon as we left the first stop at the statue of Fred Shuttlesworth we knew we got good value. The educational experience elevated and enhanced our stay in Birmingham, creating a cherished memory that inspires us to return (I would enjoy taking the communist tour). 381 people agree with us. You will too.
Written 25 October 2021
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Nichole S
9 contributions
This tour was excellent. We all learned so much. Clay did an excellent job of designing the tour to tell a story through time. He engaged the kids on the tour in a positive way. Finally, I appreciated that we were in and out of the bus. It kept our bodies moving and our minds active.
Written 15 June 2022
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Paul HHI
Hilton Head, SC1 contribution
If you are visiting Birmingham, you do not want to miss the experience of this tour during your stay. Our tour guide Mike was knowledgeable about the history of Birmingham, the culture of the community, each of the pivotal events that brought about the civil rights movement and he also added a first hand perspective as a resident in the area during the years the events unfolded. The tour bus is comfortable, the tour covers a large portion of the city but also has many stops for walking around the places where each of the significant events happened. I am a person who also lived through the years of the civil rights movement, yet this tour gave me a new appreciation, a deeper and richer history of what happened and why it is so important to learn from our past. The experience of this tour cannot be found in text books, you kind of have to re-live it by seeing the sites and imagining what each of the moments brought to life on this tour must have been like. It gave me an appreciation for the courage and sacrifice that the civil rights leaders and participants contributed to making our country better for all.
Written 4 October 2021
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Bubba-in-Germany
Germany18 contributions
This was a fabulous tour. Mike is very well versed on the history of the civil rights movement and provided a fascinating narrative. It was clear that Mike is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and recommend it highly to anyone visiting Birmingham. Thanks Mike!
Written 24 September 2021
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Gwenda K
1 contribution
Family
We went with our 3 teenage children, & HIGHLY recommend it. It is a very honest, factual & informative tour about very important historical events that took place right where you are standing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable & open to any questions about the area & history of Birmingham. We learned A LOT - to respect the lessons of history & the bravery & significant struggles of those who stood up & fought for Civil Rights!

On a side note, it was very nice to walk in the parks around town & other sites, but also nice to ride the bus for other parts of the tour. You should definitely put this tour on your itinerary!!!
Written 23 July 2022
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CWMc
Florida115 contributions
Outstanding tour of Birmingham, its current & past history in relationship to the city’s involvement in our country’s civil rights movement.
Our guide Clay, who was born & raised in Birmingham, was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful & well spoken. He answered all our questions thoroughly and caused this senior citizen to want to dig deeper in learning about the times that led up to the marches of the 60’s in Birmingham.
I appreciated that the tour included not just a walking tour but also a bus tour through different locations that we would not have been able to learn about on foot.
By far one of the better history tours I have experienced.
Written 25 April 2022
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GrandTour60390955459
2 contributions
Clay was very thorough (if sometimes graphic) in his recapping of the struggles of the civil rights movement in Birmingham.
He gave plenty of time for questions and answers. Heed the advice he gives about walking...though much of it is a bus tour, when you're off the bus, the walking can be brisk and though he projects his voice well, you'll want to make sure you keep up so you can hear every word.
Written 3 March 2022
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Kristin P
1 contribution
Friends
This tour is a must if you want a sincere, clear- eyed look at Birmingham' s Civil Rights history, which forms the basis for understanding the struggle at the National level. My best friend and I were privileged to be the only 2 people on the tour when I visited her in Alabama for the first time since she moved from California, and Mike, our wonderful tour guide, went over and above, answering our many questions, and helping us negotiate the moral terrain of the issues presented; I am White, and she is Black, and this tour was a wonderful addition to our ongoing dialogue about race and history in the US. A must- do, and a visual complement to Birmingham" s Civil Rights Museum.
Written 11 July 2021
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tarzan2613
Oakland, CA151 contributions
My son and I were on a 3 week (homemade) Civil Rights tour throughout the South. This tour was a definitive highlight for both of us. Clay was charismatic, well-read, had clearly researched all the information well, and as a native of the city he shared all his disappointments and joys with how his city is. During the tour he showed us all the "highlights" but also drove us through some neighborhoods that an uninformed person would have sped right through and not known anything about what happened there. He also gave us the "warts and all" version and talked quite frankly about how his city has changed since the 1960s, both for the better and how it still has a long way to go in some respects. And, at the end, he moved me to tears when he said that he has chosen his career because he has HOPE for his contradictory, complicated and beloved city.
Written 2 June 2021
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Canadian_tourist12
Ottawa, Canada49 contributions
Mike was our guide and he was very knowledgeable and provided an excellent historical overview but also touched on today's events and their impact. It was great tour to do on the first day as it framed our visit. We highly recommend this tour! Communication was excellent! The start and finish of the tour is right by the church and the museum and we managed to visit both and highly recommend them.
Written 27 March 2022
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Introducing Birmingham
Clay is very knowledgeable about Birmingham and was able to answer any questions we had. A great experience for the
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Excellent tour of city
This tour was fabulous! Clay does a great job showing you the highlights and speaking to the city’s history. En
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Great experience
Excellent tour, learned so much - an enjoyable afternoon seeing the entire city. We could not have seen everything
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Birmingham History!
Excellent tour! Clay is a fantastic tour guide! We learned a lot about the history of Birmingham and other little
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Best tour!
Red Clay Enterprises are professional and knowledgeable. Our guide, Clay, enjoys his job and made it fun and inter
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Love Birmingham
Best tour I ever took. Clay loves Birmingham, good and bad. Appreciated his passion. Although I hope he can learn t
janycem2013
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Birmingham is more than just Civil Rights
My husband found out about this natl historical landmark that explains the history of the iron industry in Birmingh
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We were stuffed!
You definitely get plenty of food on this tour! Everything we ate was delicious, and we loved trying some local res
Rena T
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Historical highlights of birmingham
Clay enterprises, father and son tour business. Brilliant, this particular tour run by the son and like the father
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Be Sure to Take this Tour while in Birmingham
This is a very well rounded tour of the city of Birmingham. A must do while here. There is a good mix of local a
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Clay was awesome
We took the food and craft beer tour and Clay, our guide, was awesome. He started us with hotdogs and they were del
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Incredible Civil Rights Tour
Clay is an amazing tour guide. His love for the city of Birmingham and his passion to share its history was so impr
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Honestly Painful (and Oddly enough, Humorous)
I am so grateful that this tour exists! I was unfamiliar with Birmingham's history - this tour, with guided comment
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