Three Southern civil rights sites will become national monuments

By Lauren AguirreJanuary 13, 2017


16th Street Baptist Church
The 16th Street Baptist Church, site of a 1963 bombing that killed four girls in retaliation of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. It has now been designated a national monument. Getty Images

President Obama declared five new national monuments Thursday. These include three civil rights sites in the South. One in Beaufort, South Carolina commemorates the period between the Civil War and the fight for segregation in the 1890s when former slaves worked to establish communities of their own. The other two monuments — in Birmingham and Anniston, Alabama — were sites of violent crimes against African American children and an interracial group of civil rights activists.