Parts of the memorial still wrapped from the journey. Source: WBRC video
Even wrapped, we could still see pieces of the finished memorial. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A very special delivery has arrived in the Magic City.
It's the 3,000-pound statue created in memory of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
The bronze and steel sculpture arrived at Crane Works in Birmingham early Tuesday evening where it will be stored until it's unveiled to the public this weekend.
It's called the Four Spirits Memorial and sculptor Elizabeth McQueen used actual pictures of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair to create the piece.
Martha Bozeman with Four Spirits, Inc., the group that raised money for the memorial, says the monument is engaging and powerful. She believes when people see it they may have mixed emotions.
The Birmingham Mayor's Office, organizations, businesses and individuals all donated nearly $250,000 to fund the memorial.
It will be placed at the edge of Kelly Ingram Park in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue. The unveiling is at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Bozeman says the families of the four girls will be there to see it for the first time with the public.