16th Street Church marks 47th anniversary of 1963

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The 16th Street Baptist Church took time to mark the 47th anniversary of the 1963 bombing that killed four little girls with a memorial service held on Wednesday morning.

The service included music and guest speakers who encouraged the audience to never forget what happened 47-years-ago and to be encouraged to continue to fight for justice.

At 10:22 a.m., there was the tolling of the bells for the four little girls that died in the bombing. Then, the entire audience moved outside where a wreath was laid.

One mother who brought her little girl to the ceremony says she wants to do her best to keep history alive for her daughter. "I want her to understand all the sacrifices that were made and all the people that were before her so she can understand she's privileged to have the rights that she does today," said attendee Melissa Johnson.

Also remembered were two young boys who also lost their lives on September 15, 1963; Johnny Robinson and Virgil Lamar Ware. Bells were also tolled for them.

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