Kelly Ingram Park
Kelly Ingram Park is located in the heart of the Civil Rights District of Birmingham, Alabama. The park is titled, “A Place of Revolution and Reconciliation.” Its history includes episodes of police brutality, which are difficult to imagine today. While violent, these incidents sped up the move to repeal unjust laws of segregation. Park sculptures illustrate the violence to help visitors better understand this era of American history.
Kelly Ingram Park Statues and Monuments
The Praying Pastors Sculpture with 16th Street Baptist Church in the background helps us remember how early civil rights leaders desired a peaceful resolution to racial tension and discrimination.
Police violence at the park is depicted in this interactive statue. Walk between the panels to get a sense of how it must have felt for peaceful protesters who were attacked without provocation.
This statue reminds us that abuse of power is dangerous. It encourages us to stand up for what we believe — and true heroes, who stand up in peace to fight injustice — and are not forgotten.
“I ain’t afraid of your jail.” In Birmingham, peaceful protests led to imprisonment. What a price to pay.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on the Opposite Corner
Kelly Ingram Park sits across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church, which played an equally important role in the Civil Rights Movement, though the church members paid dearly for that important place in history.
When visiting the Birmingham area, spend the morning at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (closed Mondays except Martin Luther King Day). Tour the 16th Street Baptist Church museum across the street and then visit Kelly Ingram Park to walk the Freedom Walk. All three places can be visited in one day, but they’ll leave an impact far beyond that.
On-street paid parking is available at the park. A block away, on street parking is free.