Birmingham Civil Rights District

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Birmingham Civil Rights Historic District
16th Street Baptist Church from Kelly Ingram Park Nov 2011.jpg
16th Street Baptist Church, as seen from Kelly Ingram Park. A statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. faces the church.
Birmingham Civil Rights District is located in Alabama
Birmingham Civil Rights District
Birmingham Civil Rights District is located in the United States
Birmingham Civil Rights District
LocationRoughly bounded 9th Ave., Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., 1st Ave. and 14th St., Birmingham, Alabama
Coordinates33°30′58″N 86°48′54″W / 33.51611°N 86.81500°W / 33.51611; -86.81500Coordinates: 33°30′58″N 86°48′54″W / 33.51611°N 86.81500°W / 33.51611; -86.81500
Area36 acres (15 ha)
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Gothic Revival
MPSCivil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama MPS
NRHP reference #06000940[1]
Added to NRHPOctober 19, 2006

The Birmingham Civil Rights District is an area of downtown Birmingham, Alabama where several significant events in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s took place. The district was designated by the City of Birmingham in 1992 and covers a six-block area.[2]

Landmarks in the district include:

On March 21, 2016, Rep. Terri Sewell introduced to the United States House of Representatives H.R. 4817, a bill that would designate the Birmingham Civil Rights District as a National Park. On March 28, 2016, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.[3] However, a portion of the district was designated by executive order by President Obama as the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument on January 12, 2017[4][5].

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Birmingham Historical Society (February 9, 2006). "Birmingham Civil Rights Historic District". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived (PDF) from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "H.R.4817 - Birmingham Civil Rights National Historical Park". March 28, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Pres. Obama signs executive order establishing Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Archived October 7, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. WBRC, 11 January 2017
  5. ^ "FACT SHEET: President Obama Designates National Monuments Honoring Civil Rights History". The White House. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.

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