Birmingham

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Birmingham has gone through many stages in its years from being a leading center of the ironworks industry early in the century to the focal point of the civil rights movement in the sixties. The central downtown that you pass through on the highway leads to smaller neighborhoods that creep up and over the nearby hill overlooking the city. (2013)

An overview of the city from the hill above. I really liked this museum sculpture that typified the ironworks history of the city. downtown area of Birmingham has old buildings from the boom era of the twenties. Of the many important civil rights sites in Birmingham, one of the most important is the 16th Ave Baptist Church where a tragic racial bombing occurred that killed several children also woke many up to the need for change.The civil rights struggle is vital to Birmingham's history and there are markers and reminders of it throughout downtown. Originally for the St. Louis World's Fair, the Vulcan Statue on a hill overlooking the city has become a symbol of Birmingham's industrial history. Much of the downtown area of Birmingham has old buildings from the boom era of the twenties. Old mills like the Sloss Factory stand as testaments to Birmingham's former preminence as a center of the iron industry.