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American Artifacts: Birmingham Civil Rights Movement

Birmingham, Alabama
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Each week American Artifacts takes viewers into archives, museums and historic sites around the country. In this program, a return to the Birmingham of the 1950s and 60s, as we visit some of the iconic places around the city associated with the Civil Rights movement. Our guide is Barry McNealy, youth leadership program coordinator at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and a local high school history teacher. Stops include Bethel Baptist Church, A.G. Gaston Motel and 16th Street Baptist Church, among others.

Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 5:06pm (ET)

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