Birmingham is expecting thousands of guests next year for the 50th anniversary observance of the events of1963.
The city's tourist attractions are setting up special events to try and show the city's more modern and friendly side.
Today Mayor William Bell and leaders from attractions like the Birmingham Zoo, Vulcan museum, McWane Science Center, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and more, all announced special attractions they're planning for 2013.
Mayor Bell says the goal is to change the perception of Birmingham through the eyes of these guests.
"They only know us by our civil rights and human rights history. Once they come, they understand that we're warm people, we have a lot of positive things going on in our community, and it changes the whole perception and image that people have. S we want to involve all of these institutions to show the Birmingham of today and the Birmingham of the future, as well," he said.
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