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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

1963 Church Bombing Victims

 
 
1963 Church Bombing Victims Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
1. 1963 Church Bombing Victims Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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. Touch for map. The marker stands behind a fence hidden by bushes on the corner of Messer Airport Highway and University Avenue. The entrance to Greenwood Cemetery is just a few yards on the right after turning onto University Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35206, United States of America.
 
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. 0.2 miles away); United Confederate Veterans
1963 Church Bombing Victims Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
2. 1963 Church Bombing Victims Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. 1.1 miles away); East Lake Community (approx. 1.5 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. From Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections (Submitted on December 10, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.) 

2. UNESCO World Heritage Civil Rights Movement Site. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. 16th_Street_Baptist_Church (U.S. National Historic Landmark). (Submitted on November 18, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
16th Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 22, 2009
3. 16th Street Baptist Church
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
Addie Mae Collins Gravestone (1949-1963) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
4. Addie Mae Collins Gravestone (1949-1963)
Civil Rights Martyr Addie Mae Collins Apr. 18, 1949 Sept. 15, 1963 "She Died So Freedom Might Live"
The Wesley Family Burial Plot image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
5. The Wesley Family Burial Plot
Cynthia Dionne Wesley Gravestone (4/30/49-9/15/63) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
6. Cynthia Dionne Wesley Gravestone (4/30/49-9/15/63)
Robertson Family Burial Plot image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
7. Robertson Family Burial Plot
Carole Rosamond Robertson Apr 24. 1949 Sept 15, 1963 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, December 9, 2009
8. Carole Rosamond Robertson Apr 24. 1949 Sept 15, 1963
16th Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1999
9. 16th Street Baptist Church
16th Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1999
10. 16th Street Baptist Church
- view past the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s statue at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, across 16th Street in Kelly Ingram Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 5,888 times since then and 87 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. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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