Sculpture honoring 1963 bombing victims unveiled

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A steel and bronze sculpture honoring four little girls killed  in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing was unveiled Saturday.

The monument, features Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair on a bench, surrounded by doves. It is nearly 10 feet tall.

the monument rests at the corner of 16th Street North and 6th Avenue North at the edge of Kelly Ingram Park.

“The sculpture is, it was very touching and a reminder that the struggle has gone on,” said Devik Law as he admired the work of art.

The monument also honors, Sara Collins, who was in the room that tragic day when the bomb went off, but survived and two young boys, Virgil Ware and Johnny Robinson who were shot and killed during the aftermath of the bombing.

The sculpture was created by sculptor and Birmingham native Elizabeth MacQueen.


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