Eric Holder, Condoleezza Rice to Mark 50th Anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

Sculpture Unveiled Honoring Four Girls Killed in 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Sculpture Unveiled Honoring Four Girls Killed in 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (Photo credit: Four Spirits)

Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among those slated to speak a the University of Alabama in Birmingham to mark the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan that killed four girls — Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, September 19, 1963.

50th anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Dianne Wesley were killed on Sept. 19, 1963 in 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

Gov. Robert Bentley, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell and Birmingham Mayor William Bell will also attend the UAB event. At the time of the bombing, the church was a meeting place for planning civil rights demonstrations. A bomb was planted outside that went off, killing the four girls. Condoleezza Rice, who grew up in Birmingham, was a friend of one of the victims.

A sculpture honoring the four girls was unveiled Saturday in Birmingham. The life-size sculpture is the creation of Birmingham native Elizabeth MacQueen. The project was arranged by the Four Spirits Inc.