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Today in History: Four Children Killed in Sixteenth Street Church Bombing

September 15, 2021

On Sept. 15, 1963, four Black girls, Addie Mae Collins,
Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, were killed in the Sixteenth
Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, after a member of the KKK detonated
a bomb under the steps of the church.

The girls were attending Sunday school in the church’s
basement when the bomb exploded. Fourteen others were also injured in the
blast.

Although the KKK was suspected to be involved, no one was
initially arrested for the crime.

After the investigation was reopened in 2000, Thomas Blanton
and Bobby Frank Cherry surrendered after they were indicted on first-degree murder
charges. Blanton was sentenced to life in prison and died in 2020 at 82 years
old. Cherry was also sentenced to life in prison and died in 2004 at age 72.

Click ▶️ to listen to Clay Cane’s AURN News report:

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