Subversive Historian – 09/15/08

The 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing

Exactly forty-five years ago on this day in people’s history, members of the Ku Klux Klan killed four black young girls in a church bombing in Alabama. On September 15th, 1963, four racist terrorists conspired to plant nineteen sticks of dynamite under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Upon explosion, more than twenty people were injured and the four girls who lost their life died as they attended Sunday school. The names of the victims whose lives were cut far too short were Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. Robert Chambliss, a Klansman identified by a witness as the one who planted the explosives wasn’t even tried until 1977 when he was sentenced to life and it wasn’t until 2000 that two others had been indicted for murder by the government. One Klansman died a free man.

Now what took the justice system here in the U.S. so long? Were they fans of the klan?


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