• Short Summary

    IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH RACIAL TROUBLE SPOT -- FOUR SCHOOLGIRLS WERE KILLED AND 23 PEOPLE INJURED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WHEN A BOMB PLANTED IN A NEGRO CHURCH EXPLODED IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERVICE.

  • Description

    IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH RACIAL TROUBLE SPOT -- FOUR SCHOOLGIRLS WERE KILLED AND 23 PEOPLE INJURED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WHEN A BOMB PLANTED IN A NEGRO CHURCH EXPLODED IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERVICE.

    IN DISTURBANCES WHICH FOLLOWED TWO YOUNG NEGRO BOYS WERE SHOT DEAD AND THREE OTHERS WOUNDED. RIOT SQUADS WERE SENT TO RESTORE ORDER WHEN NEGROES STARTED THROWING STONES AT THE POLICE. SHOTGUNS WERE FIRED OVER THE HEADS OF THE CROWD.

    THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN USED AS A MEETING CENTRE FOR THE NEGRO CAMPAIGN AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. ITS FORCE SPLINTERED THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING AND HURLED LUMPS OF CONCRETE ACROSS THE ROAD DAMAGING OTHER BUILDINGS.

    AFTER THE EXPLOSION A CROWD OF SEVERAL HUNDRED NEGROES GATHERED OUTSIDE THE CHURCH AND DEMONSTRATED NOISILY. WHEN POLICE WITH STEEL-HELMETS AND FIREARMS ARRIVED TO DISPERSE THE CROWD, STONES WERE HURLED AT THEM. A NEGRO CLERGYMAN JOINED THE POLICE IN CALLING ON THE CROWD TO DISPERSE AND GO HOME. NEGRO CIVIL DEFENCE WORKERS HELPED TO QUIETEN THE DEMONSTRATORS AND WITHIN AN HOUR POLICE DESCRIBED THE SITUATION AS "ORDERLY."
    LATER, SEGREGATIONIST LEADER GOVERNOR WALLACE OFFERED A 5,000 DOLLAR REWARD FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BOMBING INCIDENT.

    DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, THE INTEGRATION LEADER, SENT A TELEGRAM TO PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAYING HE WAS GOING TO BIRMINGHAM TODAY TO "PLEAD WITH MY PEOPLE TO REMAIN NON-VIOLENT IN THE FACE OF THIS EXTREME PROVOCATION."
    TODAY BIRMINGHAM RESEMBLES AN ARMY CAMP WITH DETACHMENTS OF NATIONAL GUARDSMEN, STATE TROOPERS, AND POLICE PATROLLING THE STREETS TO CONTROL ANY NEW VIOLENCE.

    IN THE TENSE HOURS BEFORE DAWN POLICE HALTED EVERYONE IN THE STREETS, REQUESTING IDENTIFICATION AND WARNING THEM IT WAS DANGEROUS TO BE OUT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAXNM8YIY1W0T8IJMV93PN0P2D
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXNM8YIY1W0T8IJMV93PN0P2D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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