Day Trip to Birmingham, AL
9:00am Carpool from Marietta (when you RSVP let us know if you will be driving, thanks All 'riders' will help with gas costs.)
10:30am (Central time) Arrive in Birmingham
10:30 - 12:30pm Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Richly detailed exhibits in the Civil Rights Institute reveal slices of black and white life in Alabama from the late 1800s to the present. A series of galleries tells the stories of daily life for African-Americans in the state and the nation and how dramatically different it was from the lives white people of that era took for granted. The powerful Movement Gallery presents the Civil Rights Movement for 1955 to 1963. Here a picture emerges of the bad old days of "Bombingham," a reference to the relentless violence that rocked the city in the late 1950s and early '60s. In the final exhibits, the Processional Gallery uses life-size figures representing all ages and races to portray the "walk to freedom."
Seniors (age 65+) $5
College students $6 with college ID
Children (Grades 4-12) $3
12:30 - 1:00pm 16th Street Baptist Church Tour - Donations are accepted.
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The explosion blew a hole in the church's rear wall, destroyed the back steps and all but one stained-glass window, which showed Christ leading a group of little children.
1:00 - 4:30 Pack your lunch or purchase food at the Gardens Cafe as we head off to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Admission is FREE. - The glory of nature in the heart of the city---that's the promise of the 67-acre Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The gardens are Alabama's largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in 25 themed areas. The gardens also have more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of walking paths. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens also has the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house.
5pm Dinner at a local Birmingham restaurant or return to Marietta