'4 Little Girls' Congressional Gold Medal presented at 16th St. Baptist Church
A Congressional delegation visited Birmingham Friday to remember those who were killed and injured in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell invited fellow members from the Congressional Black Caucus to be a part of this program.
Several members, including Georgia Congressman John Lewis, shared what they remembered about the day of the bombing and how it impacted their lives.
Then the families of the four girls who were killed were given replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal that was posthumously awarded this week to Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
Sarah Collins Rudolph, the lone survivor of the bombing, was also on hand Friday.
Congressman Spencer Bachus addressed the families, sharing how he struggled with understanding how someone could come to a church and plant a bomb. But he says he ultimately relized it was a battle of good and evil that day.
"Again I say to the families, the sacrifice, the blood these little girls shed, little lambs of God, was not in vain. It was a terrible, bitter, hateful, heartbreaking act. But God took those ashes and those broken bodies and used them for the betterment of our country. And our people," Bachus said.
The Congressional Gold Medal was also shown to those gathered Friday. It will be kept at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.