Fight for Rights Bus Tour (Riding Tour
Welcome to the Fight for Rights Bus Tour, our Civil Rights tour in Birmingham where we stay on the bus for the tour. This tour is only offered May-September due to the summer heat in Birmingham.
On this tour we'll cover many of the major landmarks from the Civil Rights era in Birmingham, AL. Join us as we learn about the ACMHR, the KKK, and a whole host of organizations battling for power, control, and the fate of the Magic City.
We'll take a look at where Bull Connor reigned and where Fred Shuttlesworth prayed. We'll see where a First Lady was treated like a second class citizen. We'll visit the oldest baseball park in America to learn about segregation in sports and where the Say-Hey kid roamed the outfield in 1948. We'll see where the Klan met and the Freedom Riders rode in. We'll close with Dynamite Hill, the Children's Crusade, and the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.
Chasing racism all over town, we'll learn how it impacted everyone each and every day. Replay where bombs blew up and what happened when segregation finally fell on our Fight for Rights Tour.
More details below and a list of places we typically visit on this tour...
The Fine Print
We will attempt to visit the following sites: Linn Park, Boutwell Auditorium, Bethel Baptist Church, Rickwood Field, Legion Field, Birmingham City Jail (Historic Marker), Phillips High School, Freedom Riders attack site, Black Business District, Kelly Ingram Park, Gaston Motel, and 16th Street Baptist Church. Unforeseen circumstances may alter our set plan, but we will attempt to add another location if one is not available.
For those staying in Birmingham, we will pick you up from any downtown hotel location or downtown Airbnb. The list of approved hotels is shown when you book. If you do not see your hotel, we do not pick up from that location. For those staying at an Airbnb, please provide the address when adding pick up location. We do not pick up from every Airbnb in Birmingham, only those downtown. We encourage all others to use local taxi services, Uber, Zyp bike, or the max bus when arriving/departing. If you have any questions about whether your place is in downtown, please contact us directly.
We meet at the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth statue in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The intersection is 6th Avenue North and 16th Street North. There is plenty of free parking downtown at our start point.
The tour begins promptly at 1:45 AM. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time to ensure we are able to begin on time. We leave Kelly Ingram Park at 1:45 PM and cannot accommodate arrivals past that point. Refunds or discounts will not be given to late arrivals.
Your ticket cost covers transportation between all locations and access to Bethel Baptist Church if available.
This tour does not include access to the interior of 16th Street Baptist Church or the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. We do finish the tour in front of 16th Street and the BCRI so if you have interest in going in, you will be at the perfect spot.