3 things you need to know about Birmingham’s proposed Freedom Walk – Bham Now

Heres a vision that links a number of sites that played key roles in the Civil Rights Movement with different parts of Birmingham into a cohesive whole. Graphic via urbanimpactbirmingham.org

Have you heard about Freedom Walkthe vision to join three parts of Birmingham that were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement together for a brighter future? Read on for all the details.

According to Urban Impact Birmingham, one of Freedom Walks main organizers, the vision of the project is to create one cohesive growth community where people can live, work, play, learn, shop and experience history.

Here are three main historically significant areas this vision proposes linking economically and culturally:

In case youre not sure what all is included in these three areas, well get to that in a sec.

But one important point is that North Birminghams Smithfield neighborhood and both Northside and Southside communities stand to benefit from the new economic opportunities that are part of this vision.

Did you know Birmingham has its own National Monument ? Similar to a National Park, it was created in 2017 and joins well-known landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

The plan is for the National Park Service to set up shop in the west wing of the A.G. Gaston Motel once its $10m renovation is complete in the Winter of 2021. They plan also includes the development of an interpretive space in the building.

Here are a few stories to fill you in on this important part of town:

Not only did the Civil Rights District serve as the setting for many of the events of 1963 that changed the USand ultimately the worldbut it also figures prominently in plans for the citys future.

These include:

Were looking forward to seeing how Freedom Walk develops over time. If you want to follow along, visit http://www.urbanimpactbirmingham.org for updates.


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