16th Street Baptist Church Marks 50th Anniversary of Church Bombing


By Alabama News Network

Hundreds of people black and white gathered in Birmingham to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church.

They held a special wreath-laying ceremony in front of the church which was an organizing spot for civil rights demonstrations.

In 1963 a dynamite bomb planted outside went off as Birmingham's public schools were being integrated for the first time.

Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice both both spoke this afternoon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A sculpture honoring the four girls was unveiled Saturday in Birmingham.


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