The Bombing of the 16th St Church

By V-Net

What happened?

On Sepember 16, 1963, four little girls who were attending church at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, went to the bathroom before they are performed for the church. The girls had asked permission to change in the girls' bathroom. Four white men named Robert Chambliss, Herman Cash, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry snuck into the church and put bombs under the girls' bathroom under the stairs. The lady who gave the girls permission to go to the girls' bathroom thought it was her fault that the four little girls died.

What were the results of the bombing?

A witness identified Robert Chambliss, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, as the man who placed the bomb under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. He was arrested and charged with murder and possessing a box of 122 sticks of dynamite without a permit. On 8th October, 1963, Chambliss was found not guilty of murder and received a hundred-dollar fine and a six-month jail sentence for having the dynamite. In 1976, the Alabama Attorney General reopened the case.May 16, 2000 - A grand jury in Alabama indicts former Klansmen Bobby Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton with eight counts each of first-degree murder - four counts of intentional murder and four of murder with universal malice. Herman Frank Cash dies without being charged in the bombing. The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and helped the Civil Rights Act of 1964 pass.