Black civil rights demonstrators attacked by police water hose. Birmingham, Alabama May 1963.

Black civil rights demonstrators attacked by police water hose. Birmingham, Alabama May 1963.

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1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, kills four girls and marks a turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It helps build support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1963 - The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, kills four girls and marks a turning point in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It helps build support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. Civil rights protesters getting hosed.
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Non-violent civil rights demonstrators advocating for an end to racial segregation being hosed by mobilized local police, from the 17 May Life magazine article 'Ominous Spectacle of Birmingham: Racial Hatreds Approach a Flashpoint as a City Counters Negroes' Crusade with Fire Hoses and Fighting Dogs,' Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 1963, photograph by Charles Moore.

Non-violent civil rights demonstrators advocating for an end to racial segregation being hosed by mobilized local police, from the 17 May Life magazine article 'Ominous Spectacle of Birmingham: Racial Hatreds Approach a Flashpoint as a City Counters Negroes' Crusade with Fire Hoses and Fighting Dogs,' Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 1963, photograph by Charles Moore.

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On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

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The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963 as an act of racially motivated terrorism. The explosion at the African-American church, which killed four girls, marked a turning point in the U.S. 1960s Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls readying for Sunday school. Her sister was killed in the bombing. She lost an eye, suffered severe cuts throughout her body, and has endured years of surgery and medical problems as a result of the bombing --sometimes without health insurance- - and has lived in poverty for the past 50 years.

Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls readying for Sunday school. Her sister was killed in the bombing. She lost an eye, suffered severe cuts throughout her body, and has endured years of surgery and medical problems as a result of the bombing --sometimes without health insurance- - and has lived in poverty for the past 50 years.

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, 1963 — A woman protester being arrested and led away by police    © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, 1963 — A woman protester being arrested and led away by police © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

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Visit important places in Civil Rights History:  16th St. Baptist Church, the site of the 1963 bombing - Birmingham, Ala.

Visit important places in Civil Rights History: 16th St. Baptist Church, the site of the 1963 bombing - Birmingham, Ala.

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