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Memorial fund for Birmingham bombing nearing financial goal

Dallas Examiner | 9/9/2013, 10:33 a.m.
A civil defense worker and firemen walk through debris from an expolsion that struck the 16th street Baptist Church, killing and injuring several people, in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 15, 1963. The open doorway at right is where at least four persons are believed to have died. Associated Press

The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Planners of a memorial to honor the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham say they are nearing their goal of raising $250,000.

Four Spirits Inc. on Sunday announced that collections and commitments for the design, construction and installation of the project have surpassed $200,000. Four Spirits Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to collect money and establish the memorial.

Work on the bronze and steel sculpture is being done in Berkeley, Calif. Birmingham native and sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen created the design for the memorial.

Events are planned next month in Birmingham to mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing on Sept. 15, 1963. Men with ties to the Ku Klux Klan were convicted and sentenced to prison terms for the attack.

A fundraising event set for Thursday at the Kress Building in Birmingham will feature Alabama’s first lady Dianne Bentley; and Birmingham’s first lady Sharon Bell as honorary co-chairs, the nonprofit announced.

“We are honored to have the support of Mrs. Bentley and Dr. Bell as we work to memorialize the four girls, whose sacrifice transformed the nation,” Four Spirits board member and Birmingham attorney Martha Bozeman said in a statement.