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16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963

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On Sunday, September 15, 1963, four members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter planted nineteen sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device under the steps of the east side of the 16th Street Baptist church located in Birmingham, Alabama. Four young girls were killed and between fourteen and twenty-two others were injured[1]

Although four bombers were identified by 1965, no arrests were made until 1977.

Girls who were killed

Injured Survivors

  • Sarah Jean Collins


Other key figures

  • Charles Morgan Jr.
  • James Bevel
  • John Petts
  • Reverend John Cross (pastor of the church)
  • Johnny Robinson (killed the same day)
  • Virgil Ware (killed the same day)

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