49th Observance Of Church Bombing
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
As the bells toll, Reverend Arthur Price Jr. calls out the names of the children who died on this day 49 years ago. The congregation takes a moment to remember the lives lost. "There were many bombings in Birmingham, but this was the only bombing where lives were lost," says Price.
Just behind where Price preaches his sermon was a bathroom, four girls who had just learned about "a love that forgives" were killed when members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the church. Price says, "This day is still very special and still very important to us, it's a day that goes down in history."
Some traveled from different parts of the country to recognize this day that went down in history, people like Beverly Wright from Aiken, SC.
"It could have been my child, it could've been me at that age, it's sad, it's really sad," says Wright.
Patricia Stephens from Birmingham says, "It's a very emotional time because it's a sad day in our history, but it's a time for rejoicing because we remember what happened and we embrace that, and we're trying to move forward."
And that was the message Price preached about today, moving forward after the bombing that killed children, and how far we've come by faith.
"Our goal is to not become a "tragic city" but a "magic city" and I think that by black and whites coming together shows the world that Birmingham is more than the black and white photos that are shown on television, there has been some progress."