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This segment covers the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham. Thomas Blanton, later convicted of that bombing is now being considered for parole. Sarah Collins Rudolph (the fifth surviving victim of the church bombing and sister of Addie Mae) talks about the events that day in 1963.
Four girls killed in 1963 Birmingham bombing remembered
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As the death toll rises to 127 in Oklahoma City, it’s likely that some bodies may never be recovered from the bombed out federal building because of fears it could collapse.
One congregation has rallied together, not only to save its church which took some of the impact from the blast, but to provide much needed support for the community of rescue workers and people who have had to leave their homes.
The faithful at the inter-denominational City Church gave thanks this Sunday that their place of worship, although damaged, did survive the explosion just a half mile away.
Nearly all the treasured stained glass windows were damaged and the church’s roof lifted off when the bomb went off outside the federal building.
Well, all of our beautiful old, century-old stained glass windows were blown out, every one of them. We lost over one hundred windows in the cathedral and the roof was actually, incredibly, it was sort of blown up. And then settled back down so it’s gonna have to be reset. But structurally they tell us we’re fine so thank god for that.
SUPER CAPTION: Pastor Richard Hogue, City Church
Pastor Hogue says the repairs to the century-old church are expected to cost about two million dollars.
Volunteers have gathered up the pieces of the stained glass for safe keeping until they can be painstakingly put back together.
Meanwhile, rescue workers continue to remove rubble from the fragile remains of the severely damaged federal building.
The scene is drawing many tourists who stop for a look at the scene of carnage and messages of support continue to pour in from all over the country.
Members of the public leave flowers and tributes at a make-shift memorial near the site.
There is little hope left that any more survivors will emerge from the rubble and the death toll now stands at 127 with more than 65 people still missing including eight children.
But Pastor Hogue says his cadre of volunteers have risen to the challenge presented to them during this difficult time.
Well, you know the scripture says you overcome evil with good. And our people have been very, very involved with good since the moment it happened. We’ve been open 24 hours a day, we’ve been feeding about one thousand people a day, we’ve been sleeping up to 120 every night.
SUPER CAPTION:Pastor Richard Hogue, City Church
Since the tragedy, members of the congregation have spent much of their time helping to feed and house the rescue workers and many locals.
Hundreds of families were forced to leave their bomb damaged apartment buildings and have been relying on the church for regular meals and a roof over their heads.
Hogue says many members of his congregation have been tested personally since the tragedy.
And he says all of them are surprised that such evil could reach them here, in what they had thought was a safe refuge from the evils of the world.
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AVONDALE, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) — If it happened today it would be called a case of domestic terrorism. But when an all-black church was bombed in 1963, authorities in the southern state where it happened barely considered it a crime. Today, one of the survivors of the infamous bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, told her story to some Cincinnati school children. Local 12 news reporter Jeff Hirsh shares her story and shows us how it had deep meaning for the students in the class. Memories of the struggle for civil rights, police dogs, freedom rider buses attacked, and perhaps most tragic of all, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.When it went off it didn’t just go boom. It went boooommm, like that. Sarah Collins, now Sarah Collins Rudolph, was a 12 year old in church on September 15, 1963. Sarah’s older sister, 14 year old Addie Collins was killed, along with three other children, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair. Thursday morning, Collins Rudolph told her story to the children of North Avondale Montessori School. A story of how Ku Klux Klan members planted the dynamite after planting hatred.I think they planted the bomb at night and I believe they wanted it to go off that night, but it went off in the morning. When it went off it scared me so bad because it was such a loud sound.Collins Rudolph was brought to Cincinnati by several attorneys from the firm Ulmer and Berne, who felt her story had to be shared.The first place that I thought of was North Avondale Montessori School, because my daughters all went here a long time ago, says Karen Imbus, who helped bring Collins Rudolph to the school. If you lived through the civil rights era, Rosa Parks, the march on Washington, the police dogs in Birmingham are images you don’t forget. But if you’re a kid today ages 11, 12, 13, these are just pictures from the history book. But when the history books come alive you really get a sense of what was going on But the message is not just about the past. It’s about the presentSarah Collins Rudolph was recently presented the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama. One bombing suspect was given a slap on the wrist, a six month sentence in 1963 for possessing dynamite without a permit. But the case was re-opened in 1977 and that suspect, Robert Chambliss was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Another suspect was convicted in 2001, and a third in 2002 for murder in both instances.
A strong memory from august-2014 after a visit at16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
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Excerpt from PBS series Eyes on the Prize, used to augment teaching and learning of Black Civil Rights Level One History topic
Today in 1963, four black girls, aged 11 to 14, were killed when white supremacists bombed Montgomery’s 16th Street Baptist Church.
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168 SECONDS OF SILENCE | Family members, survivors and first responders gather for the 23rd Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. 168 seconds of silence will be observed and family members and survivors will read the names of the 168 lives lost.
Sarah Collins Rudolph, sole survivor of Birmingham church bombing, to tell her story at Tri-C event