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Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham

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Kelly Ingram Park, formerly West Park, is a four-acre park located in Birmingham, Alabama. It is bounded by 16th and 17th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues North in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. The park, just outside the doors of the 16th Street Baptist Church, served as a central staging ground for large-scale demonstrations during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.Reverend James Bevel of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference directed the organized protest by students in 1963 which centered on Kelly Ingram Park. It was here, during the first week of May 1963, that Birmingham police and firemen, under orders from Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor, confronted the student demonstrators, almost all of them children and high school students, first with mass arrests and then with police dogs and firehoses. Images from those confrontations, broadcast internationally, spurred a public outcry which turned the nation's attention to the struggle for racial equality. The demonstrations in Birmingham brought city leaders to agree to an end of public segregation and helped to ensure the writing and then the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.The park was named in 1932 for local firefighter Osmond Kelly Ingram, who was the first sailor in the United States Navy to be killed in World War I. In 1992 it was completely renovated and rededicated as "A Place of Revolution and Reconciliation" to coincide with the opening of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, an interpretive museum and research center, which adjoins the park to the west.
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  • The Park is located opposite the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and bordering the 16th Street Baptist Church. Statues and everything in the Park is on display has a high reverse racism, freedom and the struggle for the rights of African-Americans. The statues are stirring. All a credit in a city that was characterized by discrimination and racism.
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  • I love the park it is decade to the civil rights movement . Clean, some time u will see a pan handler. Across from the civil museum, and the sixteenth church was it was bombed.  more »
  • It's the park beside the Civil Rights Institute. Has a lot of info, sculptures and plaques to view. We took about 15 minutes to walk and take photos. We hurried because it was cold, but well worth vis...  more »
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  • An amazing park, worth the visit. There are sculptures spread through the park with associated plaques telling the story of 1963 Birmingham. Many of the sculptures are extremely moving, evoking fear, sadness, and anger, but also hope for a better world. I went around sunrise and it was pretty good lighting for great photos. The park was pretty empty around that time.
  • A wonderful park that's at the center of Birmingham culture. Everything from major activism to a family picnic takes place in this park. A great example of the civil Rights history of the area, also, where many of the new civil rights trails converge. A truly Birmingham park.
  • What a beautiful place just bursting with history. The Freedom Walk was incredibly powerful and moving. When my son is old enough to understand, we will visit Birmingham and this park together.
  • Park is amazing but be prepared for drug addicts approaching. Shame. Beautiful place.
  • Beautiful place. I seen previous posts about the homeless....they are there but didn't bother us. I did see as the day went on they were talking to some people at the park. I wouldn't let this discourage you from visiting this beautiful historical important place!
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