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The history of the Civil Rights movement is brought to life throughout Birmingham and should be a ’must see’ for all Americans. From the exhibits and galleries, historical footage, and interactive displays at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to the harrowing sculptures of attack dogs and water hoses in Kelly Ingram Park to the remembrance of the devastation of the bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist church, Birmingham is a moving reminder of the challenges of African-Americans and a celebration of their accomplishments in the 20th century.

Other worthy attractions in Birmingham include: musical history at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame at Carver Theatre; sports history at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (be sure to check out the displays of a young Willie Mays when he played for the Birmingham Barons); Rickwood Field, America’s oldest ballpark; new history at the stunning Birmingham Museum of Art; and the highly entertaining and educational McWane Science Center.

And don’t forget the culinary history that is being made in Birmingham. From the trio of restaurants by uber-chef Frank Stittt (his flagship Highlands Bar and Grill, wood-fired Italian specialties at Bottega Restaurant and Cafe, and French delicacies at Chez Fon Fon) to the savory Southern stylings of Chef Chris Hastings at Hot & Hot Fish Club, the dining scene in the Five Points neighborhood or Lakeview district are foodie history in the making.