Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

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Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
A.G. Gaston Motel, Birmingham, Alabama LCCN2010636968.tif
The A.G. Gaston Motel is included in the monument.
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is located in Alabama
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is located in the United States
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
LocationBirmingham, Alabama, United States
Coordinates33°30′55″N 86°48′53″W / 33.51528°N 86.81472°W / 33.51528; -86.81472Coordinates: 33°30′55″N 86°48′53″W / 33.51528°N 86.81472°W / 33.51528; -86.81472
Area18.25 acres (7.39 ha)
WebsiteBirmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Part ofBirmingham Civil Rights District (#06000940)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 19, 2006
Designated NMONJanuary 12, 2017[1]

The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is a United States National Monument in Birmingham, Alabama established in 2017 to preserve and commemorate the work of the Civil Rights Movement. The monument is administered by the National Park Service.[2]


President Barack Obama signed a proclamation on January 12, 2017 which designated half of the Birmingham Civil Rights District as a U.S. National Monument. Other proclamations signed the same day established the Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston[3][4] and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County, South Carolina.[5]


Birmingham was the site of the Birmingham campaign, Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Children's Crusade with its images of students being attacked by water hoses and dogs, the bombing of the Gaston Motel – the movement's headquarters motel now designated as a National Monument – and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

The site also resides within the larger 36-acre (15 ha) Birmingham Civil Rights District, which was designated in 1992 by the City of Birmingham.

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  1. ^ Proclamation 9565: Establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument . 2017-01-12 – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ Pres. Obama signs executive order establishing Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. WBRC, 11 January 2017
  3. ^ Edgemon, Erin (12 January 2017). "President Obama signs proclamation creating Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument". The Birmingham News. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ Obama, Barack (12 January 2017). "Presidential Proclamations -- Establishment of the Freedom Riders National Monument". The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ "FACT SHEET: President Obama Designates National Monuments Honoring Civil Rights History". The White House. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.

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