Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor of the September 1963 Birmingham church bombing, is seeking millions in compensation 50 years after the unthinkable tragedy that killed four innocent Black girls.
Rudolph recently told The Associated Press that she feels forgotten decades after the attack at 16th Street BaptistÂ Church that claimed the life of her sister Addie Mae Collins (14), as well as Carole Robertson (14), Cynthia Wesley (14) and Denise McNair (11). She lost an eye in the bombing and says she never got restitution.
Congress is currently considering whether to award Rudolph and the four girls with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of national appreciation. But Rudolph said she will not accept the award and Wesley’s brother, Fate Morris, is not interested in the honor.
The bomb, which was hidden under a set of cinder block steps on the side of the church, went off during Sunday services and injured more than 20 people. Three Ku Klux Klansmen were later convicted in connection to the bombing.
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