Your Visit to BCRI
Your tour will be a self-guided, multi-media experience, lasting an average of
1½ hours. The time will vary depending on the interests and size of your
group. The state-of-the-art exhibitions offers 58,000 square feet of space,
including archives, galleries, community meeting rooms, changing exhibit spaces
and administrative offices.
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You will first view an 8-minute video that presents the
birth of Birmingham and then begin your tour in the permanent
exhibition. The exhibition is a self-directed journey from the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1950s and ’60s to the human rights struggles of today. The tour
begins in the Barriers Gallery which conveys the inequities of segregation. In
the Confrontation Gallery, life-sized images provide a haunting backdrop as voices
from the past talk about race during segregation. The Movement Gallery depicts
major events of the Civil Rights Movement with displays and dramatic media presentations.
Visitors join the “walk to freedom” in the Milestones Gallery that chronicles major
events in 1963 and beyond. The Human Rights Gallery features multimedia that link
the struggle for equality in Birmingham to movements for human rights throughout
the world. The Richard Arrington, Jr. Resource Gallery is an interactive learning
center where visitors can access video clips from the BCRI Oral History Project
and more. Periodic changing exhibitions are featured in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery.
Via I-65 North or South
From I-65, take I-20/59 NE towards Atlanta. Exit at the 17th Street Exit
(first exit off of I-20/59). Bear right and proceed to the light. From
that light go two blocks to 6th Avenue N. Turn right on to 6th Avenue N.
is one block up on your left.
Via I-20/59 North (from Tuscaloosa)
From I-20/59, heading towards Gadsden/Atlanta take the 17th Street Exit. Bear
right and proceed to the light. From that light go two blocks to 6th Avenue
N. Turn right onto 6th Avenue N. BCRI is one block up on your
Via I-20 West (From Atlanta)
From I-20 W merge into I-59 S. Then take the 22nd Street Exit (Exit #125.)
At exit take Left and proceed up three blocks to 6th Avenue N. Take
a right on 6th Avenue N and go down to 16th Street. BCRI will be on your
There is street parking around BCRI and free parking for cars and buses behind our building off of Fifteenth Street North.