Bham Church Marks 45th Anniversary of Deadly Blast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Birmingham church is remembering the 45th anniversary of a racist bombing that killed four black girls in 1963.

The blast ripped through the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963. The church tolled its bell on Monday to mark the anniversary, and a civic group said it would present a lifetime achievement award to bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph.

Rudolph testified for the prosecution against Ku Klux Klansmen who were convicted in the bombing. She is the sister of bombing victim Adieu Mae Collins, who died along with Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.

On Sunday, Sixteenth Street Baptist held a ceremony and unveiled a $3.8 million renovation to the building. The work included a new marker at the spot of the bombing.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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