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President Obama signing the bill to award the "Four Little Girls" the Congressional Gold Medal. Source: WBRC video President Obama signing the bill to award the "Four Little Girls" the Congressional Gold Medal. Source: WBRC video
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) -

A tragic moment in Birmingham's turbulent Civil Rights struggle leads to a national distinction from the White House.

President Barack Obama signed a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's, highest civilian honor, to the four young girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell was at the signing along with family members of the victims Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair. Former U.S. prosecutor Doug Jones, who brought two church bombers to justice, and bill co-sponsor Rep. Terri Sewell attended as well.

The medals will be awarded at a Congressional ceremony later this year and will then be permanently displayed at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Click here to read the text of the bill.

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