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Black History Month: 16th Street Baptist Church

16th Street Baptist Church sticker

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was organized as the First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham in 1873. It was an important rallying point for African-Americans who were protesting racism in the South. Frequent speakers at the church included Fred Shuttlesworth, Martin Luther King Jr., and James Bevel. In 1963, the church was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan killing four young girls who were preparing for the church's "Youth Day". It is now a National Historic Landmark.

The present building is located on 16th Street and 6th Avenue North. Visit the 16th Street Baptist church web site for more information.


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