This image of jubilant young demonstrators was taken by the late Charles Moore (1931-2010), one of the most important photographers of the Civil Rights era. It’s on permanent display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama, alongside damning pictures of KKK rallies and white police officers using firehouses and attack dogs to silence black protesters. The 25-year-old interpretative museum is surrounded by living history—just across the road is the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed by white supremacists on September 15, 1963, resulting in the deaths of four young black girls.
No, this is not a museum you waltz through all easy-breezy before rushing off to the gift shop, nor should it be. The material is painful to process but essential viewing for anyone seeking a better understanding of America’s long, ugly history of racial injustice and the conviction driving today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Also, those who don’t—looking at you, Trump.) The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and parking is free.
520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL; 205-328-9696.