Route G:

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Location: From 6TH Avenue South & Memorial Park to Birmingham Jail

“If you had visited Birmingham before the third of April in the one hundredth-anniversary year of the Negro's emancipation, you might have come to a startling conclusion. You might have concluded that here was a city which had been trapped for decades in a Rip Van Winkle slumber; a city whose fathers had apparently never heard of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, the Bill of Rights, the Preamble to the Constitution, The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, or the 1954 decision of the United States Supreme Court outlawing segregation in the public schools.”Clayborne Carson, ed., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: Warner Book, 1998)