The memorial honoring four children — Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley — who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing Sept. 15, 1963, cost more than $250,000 to construct and design.
Attempts to determine the dollar amount contributed by HMA, an official founding sponsor, were unsuccessful.
Alabama native Elizabeth MacQueen designed the life-sized monument placed near the site of the bombing.
The monument depicts one girl seated on a bench with an open Bible in her lap. Besides her, two girls are seated, one adjusting the bow on the other’s dress while the fourth girl, positioned a few feet away, beckons the others to come join her as she prepares to go to Sunday School.
Also included in the monument are six doves, each representing a life lost during the violence in Birmingham that day.
“Though it has been erected for just a few weeks, the Four Spirits Memorial has already become an incredibly moving tribute that visitors to our community are drawn to,” coordinator of HMA’s charitable giving programs Stephanie Hill-Alexander said. “The figures evoke such a wide range of emotions for those who experience it — from heartbreaking sadness, to the promise of compassion, forgiveness and hope.”
To learn more about the Four Spirits Memorial, visit www.fourspirits1963.com.
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