Student to unveil church bombing memorial painting


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama School of Fine Arts student is set to unveil a painting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing.

Organizers say Republican U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus will help present the painting Monday morning in the rotunda of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The city is planning five days' worth of events this week in observance of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

The attack happened Sept. 15, 1963 and killed four black girls who were getting ready for church. Three Ku Klux Klan members were convicted in the bombing years later.

Organizers say the painting will be displayed permanently in Birmingham's City Hall and Wells Fargo will present the Alabama School of Fine Arts with a check for $2,500.

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