BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen is working to add her touch to history.
She’s using her gifts as an artist to tell a story in bronze about the life of four girls lost in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963.
So far, the sculpting depictions of Carole Roberson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair are finished.
MacQueen, who was still at Artworks Studio in Berkeley, California, has some meaningful thoughts on the story the sculpture will tell.
“[The girls] are having a good time. They are doing characteristically what is unique to each girl,” she said. “It’s like three minutes before the bomb goes off, and there are just these beautiful, happy, wonderful, serious – all sorts of emotions.”
The doves on the sculptures represent all four of the girls.
MacQueen is now working on the sculpture of Addie Mae Collins, as well as those of the two boys who were killed that day, Virgil Ware and Johnny Robinson.
“I have a little bit of a surprise,” she added. “Of course, the doves represent the Holy Spirit, and there are two extra ones for the two doves that day. She is actually turning into the Holy Spirit. It’s overwhelming.”
She expects to unveil the sculpture in Kelly Ingram Park on September 15, 2013.
More information on the plans for the memorial can be found by clicking this link.
MacQueen’s webpage can be found by clicking this link.
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