Historic Churches, Civil Rights District in Alabama Designated New National Monument

01-600President Obama this week designated a new national monument in honor of the civil rights movement. Obama said several landmarks in Alabama were all part of the new Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. The landmarks include Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where four girls died in 1963 after Ku Klux Klan members detonated more than a dozen sticks of dynamite. The landmarks also include the historic A.G. Gaston Motel, campaign headquarters for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Two other churches—Bethel Baptist Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church—were also designated. The National Park Service will manage the sites and consider them for visitor centers and historic preservation.