“These were honored in their generations, and were the glory of the times.”
September 15, 1963 was a most sad day in American history for all of Black America and even a few good folk of White America. It was an even more somber day for the parents of four young black girls worshiping together on that Sunday morning at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
The bomb detonated at 10:19 A.M. killing, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and
11-year old Denise McNair, the other three black girls were just 14-years old.
One of the four girls killed was decapitated.
Four ku Klux Klansmen were responsible for the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church on
September 15, 1963. The Ku Klux Klan remain even to this day the worst and most disgusting
terrorist hate group in all of American history.
The parents of three od the girls killed were all school teachers; Cynthia Wesley 14, was an only child, her father was the principal of Lewis Elementary School and her mother was a teacher at the school.
Denise McNair, 11-years old, was an only child and both her parents were teachers.
Carole Robertson, 14-years old was an only child and both her parents were teachers.
Police say at least 15 sticks of dynamite was used in the bombing; church members told the police they found all four girls huddled together under a pile of concrete.
The only stained glass window in the church that remained undamaged was a picture of
Jesus Christ leading a group of little children.
“Behind the harsh appearance of the world there is a benign power.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.