Birmingham Church Bombing

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Birmingham Church Bombing

Four girls named Denise Mcnair (11), Addie Mae (14), Cynthia Wesley (14) and Carol Robertson (14) were getting ready for the church service. The first story of the church collapsed on the innocent girls, and sadly they were killed.

Trueman, Chris “1963 Birmingham Church Bombing.” History Learning Site. Web.11 Nov. 2013..“About the 1963 Birmingham Bombing.” Modern American Poetry. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. .

This bombing inspired people in the south to start campaigns and protest about Civil rights.

On September 15th, 1963 the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. Four little girls under the age of 14 were killed when the first story collapsed on them while they were getting ready for the next service in the basement.

The Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963

Civil rights activist blamed the Govener of Alabama, George Wallace,but he never went to court.

Nobody was inniatally charged with this crime even though 4 guys were suspected within days of the bombing.

Robert Chambliss was blamed for bombing the church and went to court. He was found not guilty but he was given a 100 dollar fine and six month jail sentence for possession of dynamite.

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Finally, 37 years later, the FBI announced that they found who committed the crime. It was Robert Chambliss, Herman Cash, Thomas Blanton, and Bobby Cherry. They were a part of the KKK splinter group. Two of them were dead by now, so of course the other two were sentenced to jail.


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