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Remember Their Names: 4 Little Girls, 2 Young Boys

On September 15, 1963, four little girls attending an early morning church service at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham were unexpectedly taken from their families and loved ones – succumbing to a volatile bombing.

JET covered the story, making it a mission to keep the public informed. As we remember the lives of these young ladies gone too soon, we dug through the archives to share quotes from the parents of Cynthia Diane Wesley, Carole Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, and Carole Robertson.

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“She was a very sociable type of child and made friends easy on all age levels.” – Claude Wesley, Father of Cynthia Dianne Wesley, 16

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“Carole lived a good life the short time she was here…We tried to give her everything she wanted and I know she was happy. She died very nobly.” – Christopher McNair, Father of Carol Denise McNair, 14

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“I don’t feel bad about Addie’s death. I don’t know what I feel, but I don’t feel bad. This is a great Christian movement. This is a great Christian movement. This is integration and this is God’s way of getting it done…” – Mrs. Alice Collins, Mother of Addie Mae Collins, 14

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“Carole was always cheerful that’s what I remember about her.” – Mr. and Mrs. Alvin C. Robertson, parents of Carole Robertson, 14

And we would be remiss if there was no mention of the two young boys who also lost their lives on that heart wrenching day.

Virgil Ware and Johnnie Roberson, 13 and 16. We must say and remember their names as well.

 Johnnie Roberson and Virgil Ware

Johnnie Roberson and Virgil Ware