Scenes from Birmingham: 50 Years Later

September 15, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

This morning, we joined the congregation and visitors from around the world for worship services at 16th Street Baptist Church, fifty years to the day of the bombing that changed Birmingham, and the world.

Among the speakers at the service: Barbara Cross, daughter of the late Rev. John H. Cross. Rev. Cross pastored the church on the day the bomb exploded, killing four little girls.  “Dr. King said from this pulpit that darkness cannot drive out darkness — only light can,” she said, and, “I feel a new spirit in Birmingham.”

Here are some scenes from the morning, where a standing-room only crowd remembered that day, including laying a wreath at the site of the bombing (a 10:22 a.m., the moment the bomb exploded half a century ago).

Later, many in the crowd walked across the street to visit the newly unveiled statue in memory of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.

Outside 16th Street Baptist Church/Photo by Erin Shaw Street

Honor guard stands watch by original bell of 16th Street Baptist Church/Photo by Erin Shaw Street

Worshippers during 50th Anniversary Service at 16th Street Baptist Church/Photo By Erin Shaw Street

Worshippers during 50th Anniversary Service at 16th Street Baptist Church/Photo By Erin Shaw Street

Wreath laid at the site of the bombing during the service/Photo by Erin Shaw Street

Wreath laid at the site of the bombing during the service/Photo by Erin Shaw Street

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A young visitor at the new “Four Spirits” statue/Photo by Erin Shaw Street

COMMENTS

  1. Rev. Barbara Clark

    I truly appreciated your tribute to the 16th Street Baptist Church memorial service, and I was so heartened by the special section in your magazine, “The New Heroes of Civil Rights.” I thank you for remembering, and thank you for drawing readers’ attention to the important work of the modern-day movement for civil rights. Thank you, SL, for using your resources to improve the quality of life for ALL persons who live in the South. I hope to see more inspirational stories in future editions of your publications.
    ~ Rev. Barbara Clark, Chattanooga

    September 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

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