Birmingham, Alabama: Racist Dogs Sculpture

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Kelly Ingram Park

Address:
520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL
Directions:
In Kelly Ingram Park across from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 16th Street N to 17th Street N and Fifth Ave N to Sixth Ave N.
Phone:
205-328-9696
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Racist Dogs Sculpture

In a park across from the Civil Rights Institute, snarling police dogs leap inward from two parallel walls.

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Snarling dogs sculpture.

Racist Dogs Sculpture

I recommend listening to the podcast called Revisionist History about this particular statue! Fascinating!

[Jessica, 01/30/2020]

Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast is about this more famous Civil Rights statue in the park, "Foot Soldier of Birmingham," based on a 1963 photo that went viral in the press of a police officer and his german shepherd's encounter with a young black man during a protest.

Snarling metal dogs, ready to attack, strain against leashes as they lean into both sides of a walking path.

Racist Dogs Sculpture

Great history lesson into the civil rights movement. Need to get there before 3:30 so you can get the audio walking tour of the sculptures in the park. Audio tour needs to be returned by 4:30. If you miss the audio tour, look for a guy named Kenny in the park. He claimed to be 14 at the time of the civil rights and involved in the children marches. He will give you a personal tour. He is just one of the pan handlers we ran into at the park.

[Chris Gemlo, 04/07/2010]

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