|The 16th Avenue Baptist Church was bombed 50 years ago. It was Sept. 15, 1963. In this photo an American flag is raised by firetrucks on the anniversary of 9/11|
On Sept 11, our nation was focused on remembering in 9/11 and the terrorist attack in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. That day, the Eco-cowgirl and her sidekick arrived in Birmingham where preparations were in order to remember the terror inflicted on United States citizens by some of our own citizens...the bombing of the 16th Avenue Baptist Church. Four girls attending Sunday school were killed. The church is next door to the Civil Rights Institute.
|Four girls who were attending Sunday school were killed in the bombing.|
|Do you know the significance of the statue of an attacking dog?|
|Birmingham Civil Rights Institute|
|Freedom Riders bus|
|The Eco-cowgirl writes|
Today we went to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in downtown Birmingham, AL. It is a great interactive museum that takes you back to what life was like late 1950's and early 1960's for blacks in the South.
The courage of these people in face of violence is amazing. I don't understand how anyone can justify treating another person the way the blacks were treated.
|16th Avenue Baptist Church|
The 16th St. Baptist Church across the street from the institute was bombed on Sept. 15, 1963 killing four girls.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing and march for civil rights so the institute was having special events this week.
A must see if you're in Birmingham!