COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Community members celebrated Carole Robertson Day on Saturday, Sept. 20, looking at the impact of the 1963 Birmingham bombing.
When Robertson was 14-years-old, she was killed by a bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963. Three other girls were killed, and 23 people were injured.
Saturday's event featured civil rights activist Barbara Cross. A friend of Robertson's, Cross was also at the church when the bomb exploded.
"My message is to students, younger people who may not remember or see this much history in the history books—that four beautiful little girls lost their lives unknowingly for the cause of freedom."
The event was held at the First African Baptist Church by the Columbus Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.