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.
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.