29 Historic Places For Black History Month: 16th Street Baptist Church


16th Street Baptist Church

February 25th, 2016

 

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(4 Little Girls) Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson & Carol Denise McNair. 

why was it historic? 

    >      On Sunday September 15th, 1963 a bomb went off inside of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Resulting in the deaths of 4 Little Girls Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair. Injuring many others in the process as well. The death of the 4 Little Girls was an unspeakable tragedy. They were victims of what we would now refer to as Domestic Terrorism. It has always been reported that  4 White men planted 15 sticks of Dynomite under the the Church Staircase, and set a timer for them to go off. Then men were later identified as Klu Klux Klan Members and had a history for setting off bombs their names were Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr., Herman Frank Cash, Robert Edward Chambliss, and Bobby Frank Cherry. 


    >      Carolyn Mckinstry, Church secretary stated that she received a eerie phone call & the voice simply said “3 Minutes”. Shortly afterward the bomb(s) exploded. The main conspirator nicknamed “Dynomite” Bob (Robert Edward Chambliss) went around town bragging. It took some time but eventually 14 years later it would be his own niece who testified against him in court, he was convicted, & sentenced to life in prison, until his death on October 29th, 1985. The other 3 men escaped conviction until 2001 when charges were formally brought up against them for their role in the Church Bombing. They’re either dead or in jail now. The Church received countless amounts of donations and was later reopened after renovation and repairs were made. It now serves as a shrine to both the Lord, the injured, Churchgoers & the Spirit and memory of those 4 Little Girls.


Location: 1530 6th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Then Photo:

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16th Street church, Circa late 1800’s

Now Photo:

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16th Street Church, Present Day.

Commentary:

>          A horrible, unspeakable act of Hatred & Racism, These men actually bombed a church, i guess nothing is sacred when hate is king. The 16th Street Baptist Church rebounded from the unthinkable, it remains open to this day. Alabama Definitely played it’s part in the Civil Rights Movement, i can’t honestly say what i would have done had i been alive during these times. We think things are bad now, just imagine living through this type of environment when people feel that you’re so beneath them as humans that they would blow up a church,smh. RIP young Ladies.

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