Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing Anniversary
Today is the 47th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church terrorist bombing in Birmingham, AL. Four teen girls, Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14), were killed in the attack, and 22 additional people were injured, one of whom was Addie Mae Collins' younger sister, Sarah.
It took a while, but 'Dynamite Bob' Chambliss and his hooded terrorist henchmen were eventually tried and convicted for the crime. Chambliss was convicted in November 1977 and died in prison October 29, 1985. Herman Cash died before being arrested for the crime while Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry were arrested in 2000.
Blanton was subsequently convicted for the terrorist act as well.