16th Street Baptist Church

In Birmingham we toured the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of the Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four young black girls: Addie Mae Collins (14), Cynthia Wesley (14), Carole Robertson (14), and Carol Denise McNair (11). Before visiting the church and the Civil Rights Museum, we toured Kelly Ingram Park, the historical assembly point for many marches, sit-ins, boycotts, and jailings. At the end of the day, we had a good discussion about which event we thought was the catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement: the murder of Emmett Till or the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.,

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