Silence is not an option.

“Confrontation is not bad. Goodness is supposed to confront evil.” – Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth


Now more than ever we need you. We need you to help us lift our voice. With the ever-increasing awareness of present day civil and human rights in the wake of the tragic murder, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute brings the legacy of the struggle for civil and human rights into modern-day focus.

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Outwardly express your support or learn more about the movement with apparel and books from our online gift store.

K-12 Online Learning Guides

Part of our mission at BCRI is educating the public at-large about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and the rest of the country. Our education department is dedicated to reaching individuals, young and old, from all backgrounds and cultural groups, to convey the importance of this Movement then and now.







Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM. Closed Mondays.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM


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BCRI is participating in the Blue Star Museums program which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members, starting Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 through Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2018.  The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.


Our mission is to enlighten each generation on civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future. 


Fred L. Shuttlesworth Statue

This bronze statue by John Rhoden (1918–2001) was unveiled on November 14, 1992 during the dedication of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. It is located on 16th Street North near the entrance to the museum, facing Kelly Ingram Park.

Human Rights Gallery

The Human Rights gallery links the struggle for equality in Birmingham to movements for human rights throughout the world.

The Armored Vehicle

A focal point for the human rights gallery is one of the restored armored personnel vehicles used by Eugene “Bull” Connor in Birmingham.

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