Explore Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
On January 12, 2017, President Obama announced the creation of Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama. The monument, which honors the activists who struggled for social justice throughout the Civil Rights era, aims to inspire hope and tolerance in generations of Americans to come.
The designation—which includes eight of Birmingham’s most significant civil rights sites—recognizes the city’s pivotal role in the larger Civil Rights movement and will help visitors grasp the significance of what took place here. See for yourself in the guide below.
The effort to designate Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, which was led by the National Trust and included a historic structures report for the A.G. Gaston Motel and other preservation expertise, would not have been possible without the help of our partners, including the city of Birmingham and its mayor William Bell, the National Parks Conservation Association, and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell.