“A day that moved the conscience of our United States…”

10:22AM SEPTEMBER 15TH, 1963

Four young girls were killed, and many other children injured, in a racially motivated bombing before Sunday morning church services in Birmingham, Alabama.

Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson

A Solemn Public Memorial

When Elizabeth MacQueen was asked to build a sculpture memorializing one of the most infamous tragedies in Alabama history, the emotional gravity of the project was not lost on her. A Birmingham native herself, Elizabeth was well aware of the region’s history of inequality and injustice. She knew that many of the visitors of the memorial were active participants in the civil rights movement, in Birmingham, during the 1960s. This was her opportunity to play a small part in a monumental struggle.