Little Known Black History Fact: Church Bombing Victims Honored

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Representatives Terri Sewell (DEM) and Spencer Bachus (REP) led the Alabama congressional delegation. Some relatives of the slain girls prefer financial compensation for the tragedy versus the Congressional Gold Medal. Sarah Collins Rudolph, sister of Addie Mae Collins was critically injured in the explosion and prefers a check for her losses. Such is also the case with Fate Morris, the brother of Cynthia Wesley.

In 1965, British artist John Petts installed a stained glass window picturing an African American Jesus Christ with one hand stretched out against hatred and the other offering forgiveness. It was a groundbreaking scene for the 1960’s, especially since Southern Baptist whites would most likely be against the scene of a black Lord and Savior.

The stained glass window still sits proudly at 16th Street Baptist Church, representing international unity and the lives lost that September in 1963.

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