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Almost 50 years later…

Four-Birmingham-Mothers

It was a horrible day in 1963 and a pivotal point in the Civil Rights movement when the “four little girls” were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

Today almost 50 years later Congressional leaders hosted a ceremony at the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the four girl killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, on Sept. 15, 1963.

In that same year, my father Mel Smilow, active in the movement for civil rights was inspired to make this woodcut, “Four Birmingham Mothers” to commemorate that horrific event.

Mel Smilow’s woodcuts can be seen and are available online and at the Annex Gallery in Santa Rosa California.