16th Street Baptist Church to hold memorial service for 55th anniversary of church bombing

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– The 16th Street Baptist Church will honor the four girls who died in the 55th anniversary since the bombing of September 15, 1963. 

Four young girls were killed after members of the KKK planted a bomb in the church’s basement. Current pastor, Arthur Price, says through what happened at the church 55 years ao and through what continues to happen now in terms of race relations, his message remains the same.

“I believe that Birmingham has become better since the 60s and I think we should always reject the politics and the attitude of race baiting and white supremacy,” Price said. 

U.S. Senator Doug Jones will give the keynote address at the memorial service. As former U.S.Attorney, Senator Jones successfully prosecuted two of the four men responsible for teh 1963 bombing — finally bringing full justice and closure more than 30 years after teh attack that killed the four girls. 

This Saturday at 10 a.m., Jones will reflect on the impact the bombing had on the community and the role that justice has played in healing process. 

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