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16th Street Baptist Church victims awarded Congressional Gold Medal

The scene after the bombing in 1963. Source: WBRC video The scene after the bombing in 1963. Source: WBRC video
Source: WBRC video Source: WBRC video
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) -

Wednesday, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. awarded a Congressional Gold Medal to the victims of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

Some say the award is bittersweet and long overdue for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.

"Yes it is overdue. This whole commemoration is trying to right some wrongs both in terms of recognition, in terms of recognizing folks who had not been recognized in the past, correcting things that should've been corrected a long time ago," Rep. Terri Sewell said.

Mayor William Bell flew to the capitol to be on hand for the vote and siblings of some of the girls watched the House discussion and vote from the gallery.

If all goes according to plan, the girls will be awarded the medal posthumously and the families will have it in hand by the 50th anniversary of the bombing this September.

Related: '63 B'ham church bombing survivor shuns medal, wants money

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