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September 13, 2013

Congress honors Birmingham’s ‘four little girls’

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers joined veterans of the Civil Rights movement on Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the “four little girls” killed in an Alabama church bombing nearly 50 years ago.

The deaths of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley became a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and the memories of the girls sparked raw emotions at the Statuary Hall ceremony. The event came five days before the 50th anniversary of the morning bombing inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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