On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded just before Sunday morning services at the predominantly black 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (L-R) Denise McNair, 11, Carole Robertson, 14, Addie Mae Collins, 14, and Cynthia Wesley, 14, were killed and many others injured.
A former Ku Klux Klansman, Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, was convicted of murder Tuesday, May 1, 2001, for the bombing that killed the four girls. Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted in 2002. Klan leader Robert E. Chambliss was convicted of murder in the 1970s, dying in prison in 1985. A fourth suspect, Herman Frank Cash, died in 1994 before he could be brought to trial.