Touring Birmingham’s History

The Root's Black Bucket List tours the dramatic past and the fun-loving present of the Alabama city.

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  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, featuring fascinating details about local, national and international rights movements, should be the first stop for any visitor to the city.

    Captions by Gary Lee

  • Walking Through History

    Walking Through History

    Tourists tour a permanent exhibition at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

  • 'I Ain't Afraid of Your Jails'

    'I Ain't Afraid of Your Jails'

    A sculpture in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park depicts two schoolchildren jailed for demonstrating against segregation. The park was a popular setting for ’60s rights advocates.

  • Birmingham's Black Business

    Birmingham's Black Business

    The Fourth Avenue Business District, located near downtown Birmingham, is home to many of the city’s black-owned businesses.

  • Black Arts Movement

    Black Arts Movement

    The backyard of Joe Minter, a Birmingham artist, is a popular stop for black visitors to the Alabama city.

  • Soul Food Favorites

    Soul Food Favorites

    Mrs. B’s on 4th, a black-owned eatery in Birmingham, features collard greens and other soul food favorites.

  • Southern Jazz

    Southern Jazz

    Alabama’s Jazz Hall of Fame is a favorite gathering spot for budding local musicians.

  • Jazzy Memorabilia

    Jazzy Memorabilia

    Alabama’s Jazz Hall of Fame features memorabilia from musicians with connections to the state.