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Honoring 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims

Window Donated to the Church after the Bombing

Window Donated to the Church after the Bombing

Washington, DC
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the four young girls killed fifty years ago in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. On Sunday, September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan placed dynamite outside the church basement, resulting in the death of the girls and the injury of many others. These are remarks from members of Congress on the floor of the House the day the bill was passed.

Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:55pm (ET)

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