Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tender Wound No Mercy for Klansman in 1963 Ala. Murders

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tender Wound No Mercy for Klansman in 1963 Ala. Murders

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It will soon be 53 years since a bomb was planted and set off by a hatred-filled group of Klansmen, killing four little black girls preparing to worship inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

It would be years before justice would come for Lisa McNair, 11, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Morris, all 14. Now, the only surviving person convicted in their deaths will remain in prison - where he should stay.

The Alabama parole board recently did right by refusing to grant a release for Thomas E. Blanton Jr., who was among the Klansmen who put a bomb outside the church. Though for years believed to be a suspect in the case, he was not convicted of the murders until 2001.

The sister of Addie Mae, Sarah Collins Rudolph, who is now 65 and was seriously injured in the bombing, asked the board to ensure that her sister's killer stayed put. …

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