Members of Congress are honoring four black girls at the Alabama church where they died in a Ku Klux Klan bombing 50 years ago.
About a dozen members of Congress applauded families of the girls during a commemoration Friday at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia recalled crying at the sight of the church after the blast. The Alabama native was a civil rights organizer at the time.
A bomb detonated outside the church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing the children.
A memorial to four girls killed in a racist church bombing in Birmingham 50 years ago is headed to Alabama from California. A sculpture of the bombing victims is being shipped by truck from where it was created at the Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif. It's scheduled to begin the trek eastward on Wednesday, and the sculpture is supposed to arrive in Alabama by next week. The piece will be installed and unveiled Sept. 14 at a downtown park near the scene of the bombing.