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Addie Mae Collins
Birth: Apr. 18, 1949
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Sep. 15, 1963
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Murder Victim. Born the daughter of Julius and Alice Collins, she was one of seven children. She attended Hill Elementary School and was an enthusiastic softball player and budding artist. She was a member of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham which was, due to the spacious basement auditorium, the center for meetings of the civil rights movement. On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963, several members of the KKK tunneled under the church and planted 122 sticks of dynamite near what was the girls' basement rest room. At about 10:22 AM, twenty-six children were entering the basement assembly room for closing prayers, five girls were apparently changing into their choir robes. At 10:19 AM the bomb exploded, blowing a hole in the east side of the church, shattered windows, walls, and doors and injuring or killing 24 people. Sarah Collins, Addie Mae's sister, lost her right eye. When the debris was searched for survivors, the bodies of the four young girls were found; Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, and Carole Robertson. The murders touched off nationwide outrage. Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, and Cynthia Wesley were interred during joint funeral attended by over 8,000 mourners. Despite the outrage and an FBI investigation, however, no one was charged with the crime. It wasn't until 1977 that anyone was charged, at which time a Klan leader was convicted for the murders. Another two suspects were charged and convicted in 2001 and 2002, a fourth suspect died before charges were brought. The song "Birmingham Sunday," recorded by Joan Baez memorialized the victims of the bombing. In 1997 a documentary film on the bombing called "4 Little Girls" was released. A youth center dedicated to her was established in Birmingham. (bio by: Iola) 
Greenwood Cemetery
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
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Record added: May 21, 2002
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Addie Mae Collins
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To say I am sorry can never make up for the loss of a loved one, especially the loss of a child. Why men do what they do in the name of hate, I will never understand. My heart goes out to you and your family these many years later and I hope that the hate...(Read more)
- ATC (AW) Ray Jackson, USN (ret)
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