On this day in 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed

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FILE - Graveside services are held, Sept. 18, 1963, for Carol Robertson, a victim of a bomb blast at an African American church days prior, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, will mark the 60th anniversary of the 1963 bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four girls. Lisa McNair, the sister of one of the victims, said as the anniversary is remembered, she hoped people will think about what they can do to combat hate. (AP Photo, File)
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Today marks 60 years since September 15, 1963, when 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was targeted in a heinous act of racial violence. On that day, four Black girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair, lost their lives in a devastating bombing. 

The girls were attending Sunday school in the church’s basement when the bomb exploded. Fourteen others were also injured in the blast. 

Originally, no one was arrested for the crime. However, after the investigation was reopened in 2000, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry surrendered, were indicted, and sentenced to life in prison. They both died behind bars. 

While no one was arrested for the crime immediately, the investigation was reopened in 2000. Members of the Ku Klux Klan, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, surrendered, were indicted, and sentenced to life in prison. They both died behind bars.


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