Center Gives Free Admission on Bombing Anniversary

Sep 14, 2012

The Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery will offer free admission Saturday in remembrance of the 49th anniversary of the deaths of four girls killed in a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The church was a center for civil rights meetings and marches. It was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four school girls who were preparing for a church service. Killed were Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Three former Klansmen were later convicted of the bombing.

The memorial center is also remembering 13-year-old Virgil Lamar Ware, who was fatally shot by white teenagers later that day.

The Civil Rights Memorial Center provides an interactive exhibit to educate visitors about the Civil Rights movement.

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