Recent bomb threats explained through the eyes of a 60’s bombing victim

Recent events through eyes of 1960s bomb victims

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It’s a fear many in Birmingham have experienced - a bomb landing at your door steps.

“I think it’s really a shame and disgrace,” said Barbara Shores.

Her father, civil rights attorney and first black Birmingham city councilor Arthur Shores, was the target of hatred for many years.

She said the recent bomb threats of prominent political figures across the country brings up old feelings.

“All of those were acts of violence intended to hurt and intimidate people in the 60s and now,” she continued.

Shores’ family home was on what was once known as “Dynamite Hill.” It was bombed twice in 1963.

"When they were getting ready to integrate the schools, Graymont School, the night before they planted a bomb at the end of the yard right under the spotlight and the house was bombed,” said Shores.

It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”
It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”

“This room was totally demolished. The FBI said if anyone had been in this room it would’ve killed them,” she continued.

It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”
It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”

The second time the family wasn’t as lucky. Shores and her family were all inside.

"I was in the kitchen, my father was in the living room reading and my mother was in the bedroom. So, when the bomb went off I knew what to do. I hit the floor, but the smell of the dynamite, I tell people, it was like a hypodermic needle going up to my nose to my eyes. It was so strong and the smoke was so strong it blew out all the windows and our neighbor windows,” said Shores.

It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”
It's a fear many in Birmingham have experienced—a bomb landing at your door steps. For Barbara Shores and her family, their home was bombed twice back in the 1960s - in a place known as “Dynamite Hill.”

Her mother was knocked unconscious. Unfortunately, the threats didn’t stop.

It happened again in 1965. This time the bomb was intercepted as it was in these recent attempts on political figures across the country.

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