The four girls killed in the bombing
(Clockwise from top left,
Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley,
Carole Robertson and Denise McNair)
Family members of the girls, who were killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, were at the U.S. Capitol for a bipartisan ceremony commemorating their sacrifice. Read more...
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The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.