Also known as Birmingham, the Central City neighborhood is an urban community with historic ties to the Civil War and the fight for civil rights. The neighborhood is located south of East Birmingham and north of Highland Park. Its boundaries are near Highway 59, 1st Avenue North, 31st Street North, and 6th Avenue North.
Houses, condominiums, townhouses, and apartments are housing options within Central City’s 1.262 square miles. The average age of a Central City resident is 30.
Birmingham is rich with history, and the Civil Rights District is the heart of Central City. Residents and tourists can contact the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau for self-guided tours of historic sites along the Black Heritage Tour.
In September 1963, four girls were killed when the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The incident shocked the nation and the world, and it is believed that the bombing helped the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This landmark legislation outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute singles out Central City’s contribution to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Through its exhibits, presentations and artifacts, residents and visitors can understand the past and present day struggle for racial equality in the United States.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail is a trail throughout Downtown Birmingham as a reminder of the city’s role in this nation’s civil rights movement. The trail is still under construction, but its first three completed stops start at Kelly Ingram Park.
Kelly Ingram Park, a 4-acre park, was the site for major civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s. A paved Freedom Path, statues, and a fountain are reminders of those struggles.