Alabama Church Bombing

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Alabama Church Bombing

Q: "What were your inital reaction and thoughts when you heard the explosion?"A: "I was very scared and worried about the people in the church."Q: "What did you see of the church after the bomb went off and what was the scene like?"A: "There was lots and lots of smoke and large peices of the church scattered everywhere."Q: "What was the atmosphere of the scene and the riots occuring afterwards?"A: "The air was filled with violence and civil unrest. They were very chaotic, and people were screaming and getting injured."

Civil Rights Activist Opinion

Due to another morbid act from the Klu Klux Klan, four girls between the ages of eleven and fourteen have lost their lives in a bombing. It's enough that people take away other’s rights to do simple things such as use the restroom or use an elevator; there have been more ruthless acts that cannot be counted that have all resulted in death. But to end these young girls lives while murders run free on the streets just shows how horrible segegration is in this country. When will there be an end? How many innocent people must die?


On the morning of September 15th, 1963 a box was placed on the front steps of the 16th street church in Birmingham Alabama. The box then exploded, killing 4 and injuring 23. The explosion also sparked a riot afterwards that killed 2. There seems to be no motive behind the bombing commited by a few members of the Klu Klux Klan, besides being a crime against African Americans. This has been the fourth bombing in four weeks, this time in one of the most segregated cities in the nation.

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Alabama Church Bombing


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