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Devastating Bombing In Birmingham Essay

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1963, many events took place in this year from blacks boycotting Boston buses to the assassination of JFK. However, that is not what is going to be elaborated on in this essay. It is going to be about the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama (Simkin). There is a lot of things a reader may not know unless that reader is a historian or has looked up this topic before. Anyway, in 1963 a local black church was about to have their 11:00 service on Sunday September 15, 1963 (Trueman). In the women’s room of the church four African American girls, Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins (14), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14), were getting ready for the service while also ...view middle of the document...

He had finally been served what he deserved. He was given a life sentence and died October 29, 1985. He was 81 years old. He could’ve been earlier if there weren’t a few problems.
One problem was J. Edgar Hoover had given an order to keep some evidence confidential from the courts so that Chambliss would be found not guilty because of them living in a racial society. The other was the jury during the trial was rigged it contained all white supremacy believers people except for three black people this way Chambliss would have a greater chance of not being convicted of murder (Trueman). Instead he got convicted of possession of dynamite which does nothing to help the families of the innocent girls that were grieving.
All of the families of the little girls were filled with rage and sorrow. The Collins family, family of Addie Mae Collins, had two girls affected by the blast at the church. There was Addie who had been killed, and then there was her sister Sarah Collins, 12, who had been blinded when shrapnel from the walls had struck her eyes and scratched both of her corneas (Staff)....

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