Robert Chamblisss KKK

Arts & Life
12:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

“No Remorse”: Prison Letters of Klansman Convicted in ’63 Birmingham Church Bombing

Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss was the first Klansman tried and convicted of the bombing in 1977, 14 years after the attack.

50 years ago, a bomb exploded at the 16th street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Four young girls were killed in the blast. It would take 14 years before the first Klansman was tried and convicted in the bombing. Robert Chambliss was found guilty of his part in the attack.

He wound up at the St. Clair County Correctional Facility, about 40 miles northeast of Birmingham. It’s here where Chambliss wrote letters to his family during his time in prison.

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