Rapid growth and industrial innovation of Birmingham earned it the moniker of the “Magic City.” The imposing Vulcan statue was erected to celebrate this feat. It was also here that men and women, young and old, stood in a unified and coordinated front to demand freedom and fulfillment of unmet promises of equality. The journey toward freedom that inspired the nation began here in Birmingham. From Selma to Montgomery, to the March on Washington, the plans, passion, and innovation of civil rights leaders and activists converged in Birmingham to create a movement that inspired the world.
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