Ten shards of stained glass

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Subject of
16th Street Baptist Church, American, founded 1873
stained glass
H x W: 3 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. (9.2 x 3.2 cm)
Religious and Sacred Objects
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Place collected
Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
September 1963
Just two weeks after the march, on September 15, 1963, white supremacists planted a bomb under the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The explosion killed four young girls attending Sunday school. This terrorist act was a brutal reminder that the success of the march and the changes it represented would not go unchallenged. In the face of such violence, the determination to continue organizing intensified. These glass shards are from the church's stained-glass window.
A collection of glass shards collected from the gutter outside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, at the funeral of the four girls killed in the bombing.
Civil rights
Hate crimes
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Trumpauer-Mulholland Collection
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Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions

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