This Sunday, September 15th, marks 50 years since four little girls–Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley — were tragically killed during the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by the Ku Klux Klan in Birmingham, Alabama. The savagery of their deaths sparked grief, anger, and protests throughout the nation, as evidenced by these items housed in the Eric Steele Wells papers at the Amistad Research Center.
More information on these documents can be found in Amistad’s new digital collection “Print Culture and the Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1980,” which can be viewed through the Louisiana Digital Library.
Posted by Christopher Harter
(Images from the Eric Steele Wells Papers. May not be reproduced without permission.)