Friday, September 13, 2013

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute remembers terrorism

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!


Inge Maskun said...

Thanks for sharing Eco-cowgirl. Birmingham is on my list of 60 historic places I'd like to visit!! What was the few things that really moved you when you visited these places?? Look forward to hearing stories about your next stop ...

Prof. Cricket said...

The Eco_Cowgirl replies:
Hi Inge!
I think you would really enjoy Birmingham.
What moved me at the BCRI was how insignificant many of my concerns are compared to what blacks were struggling with during that time. They had to be on guard all the time for their safety.
It's hard for me to even imagine. I also didn't realize how important the black children were during the civil rights movement.
Without the violent acts committed on the children the civil rights movement might make taken much longer.
Unfortunately it seems like it takes real tragedy before people wake up and act.

Inge Maskun said...

Definitely a place I will go visit. THANK YOU, R!!!! Your insight and takeaway is inspiring; how wonderful it is to have the opportunity to place yourself in a time of the past and imagine what it felt then.

Keep writing and sharing stories forward ...