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      Thousands of origami cranes to be placed in Railroad Park

      Ten thousand strands of origami cranes will be installed in Railroad Park, Thursday, September 17. The paper cranes have been folded by individuals, schools, churches, and civic organizations from as far away as Tokyo, Japan.{}

      The Birmingham Art Peace Project{}is in memory of the four girls who were killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in September, 1963. The project is to serve as a reminder that many, beyond the young victims felt the impact of the actions of a few.

      This art project was inspired by the thousands of origami cranes{}sent to Ground Zero from around the world following the attack on September 11, 2001. In fact, the author of the Birmingham Art Peace Project, Melissa Turnage lost her son, Adam in the North Tower on that day.

      Workers will begin installing the strands of cranes in Railroad Park early on the morning of September 12 and will remain suspended until September 17.