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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Montgomery Friday held a citywide event to honoring the memory of those killed during the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church. The event was sponsored by ASU's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture.  

Many were in attendance to honor the memory and sacrifice of four little girls who were killed in the infamous church bombing. They including Mayor Todd Strange, ASU President William Harris and Chief Derrick Cunningham.

The event took place at noon at ASU's Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center auditorium on the corner of Robert Hatch Drive and Tuscaloosa Street.

The bombing occurred on September 15, 1963 two weeks after Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

A bomb set by members of the Klu Klux Klan exploded as 26 children were walking into a basement assembly at the church. Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley were killed. Twenty-two others were injured.

The bombing helped provoke emotion in the hearts of many for the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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