WVTM-TV: Birmingham Seeks Civil Rights National Park Designation

September 9, 2016 by Tim Mikulski

Architect renderings show future Freedom Center and A. G. Gaston Motel.

photo by: A.G. Gaston Design

Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Birmingham Mayor William Bell held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, asking President Obama to create a national historical civil rights park to include landmarks of Birmingham's Civil Rights district, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, the A. G. Gaston Motel, Kelly Ingram Park, Bethel Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

"We call for President Obama to designate the historical civil rights national park," said Brent Leggs, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation."

Also attending the press conference was Carolyn McKinstry who survived the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. She said, "People come from all over the world to visit that district, every aspect of the district is important."

See more in the full report from WVTM-TV.

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