Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
1963 Church Bombing Victims
This cemetery is the final resting place of three of the four young girls killed in the September 15, 1963 church bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carol Robertson are buried here. The fourth victim, Denise McNair, is buried elsewhere.
The tragic loss of these lives led to the end of the era of massive resistance to social change in Birmingham and the release of the city from the fear which long paralyzed progress in human relations.
Erected 1990 by Alabama Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1850.
Location. 33° 33.24′ N, 86° 45.156′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Messer Airport Highway and University Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The marker stands behind a fence hidden by bushes on the corner of Messer Airport Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35206, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forrest Camp No. 1435 (approx. ¼ mile away); United Confederate Veterans (approx. ¼ mile away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. 1.1 miles away); East Lake Community (approx. 1½ miles away); History of the 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing (approx. 1.6 miles away); Howard College (approx. 1.7 miles away); East Birmingham (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ruhama Baptist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Regarding 1963 Church Bombing Victims. Denise McNair is buried in Elmwood Cemetery west of Downtown Birmingham. The entrance is located off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and 6th Avenue Southwest.
Also see . . .
1. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing. Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
Links to numerous materials (Submitted on December 10, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Civil Rights Movement Sites. UNESCO World Heritage Website entry (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. 16th_Street_Baptist_Church (U.S. National Historic Landmark). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on November 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 7,091 times since then and 399 times this year. Last updated on November 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 10, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 9, 10. submitted on April 5, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 11. submitted on March 19, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.