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Never Forget: The 47th Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombings

I remember reading about the 16th street church bombing, in school it was just another footnote in history, at home, I pondered for hours how and why this was allowed to happen. Four little girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley aged fourteen and Denise McNair eleven were victims of a terrorist attack by the Klu Klux Klan on September 15, 1963. Twenty-two additional people were also injured that day after Robert Chambliss placed a bomb under the church steps. This act of violence and the many more that followed was the result of a campaign by civil rights opponents to stop integration of public schools. George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, said a week before the attacks that in order to stop integration Alabama needed a “few first class funerals”. Due to this, many feel that he was also to blame for this attack.  Source On October 8, 1963, Chambliss was found not guilty of the murders, the verdict was not an uncommon outcome when victims were