16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

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Four girls were getting ready for a church lesson entitled “The Love That Forgives” on the day the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed. Get to know some of the people involved in this terrible event in this exclusive video from Studies Weekly.

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Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham, AL – 16th Street Bombing Victims

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When Greenwood’s owners went bankrupt, they abandoned the grounds, leaving the cemetery marred by exposed bones, sunken graves and toppled tombstones. The city took over Greenwood in the 1990’s, sponsoring several cleanups and paving a road there.

I have tried to research the history about this cemetery but have only discovered that it is the oldest African-American cemetery either in AL or in Birmingham. There isn’t much information available on-line. I have read good and bad about this cemetery. However when I visited in July of 2013, expecting the worst, the grass was cut and landscaping neat. It was clean and I didn’t see trash about. It appeared that the city is doing their best to maintain perpetual care. I’ve seen much worse.

What makes this cemetery special, is that there are three of the 16th Street Baptist Church murdered victims buried there. Without an office to ask for help, I was luck that after walking around for a while I was able to locate their graves.

It was thirty years before Addie’s sisters could bear to visit her grave, and when they saw its neglected state, they immediately arranged to have Addie Mae moved to another, better maintained cemetery. However, workers who opened the grave recoiled in shock: It was empty devoid of casket and corpse. No one can know with certainty who took the body or why.

50 years after 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Birmingham

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The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963. The racially motivated explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Check out my video with 16th Street Baptist Church administrator, Lamar Washington talking about the moment in time we will never forget.

Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church | American Freedom Stories | Biography

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On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church as church members prepared for Sunday services. The racially motivated attack killed four young girls and shocked the nation. #Biography
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