A sculpture honoring the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church is being erected at Kelly Ingram Park Thursday, and Birmingham Mayor William Bell and sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen were on hand for the event.
ABC 33/40 reporter Marissa Mitchell captured some raw video of workers beginning to place the 10-foot tall statue on the corner of 16th St. North and 6th Avenue North. The steel and bronze sculpture features the victims -- Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley -- on a bench, surrounded by doves.
Organizers have since covered the sculpture with a tarp, concealing the monument until a formal unveiling ceremony, which has been scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. The event is one of several honorary occasions planned by the city during its week-long celebration -- Empowerment Week -- of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. You can download the complete schedule for Empowerment Week here.
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Portion of the statue honoring the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church erected Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Birmingham, Ala. (abc3340.com)
CraneWorks was contracted to install the sculpture.