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Memorial to honor the Four Little Girls closer to completion

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Work is entering the final stages to complete a memorial to the four girls killed in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham.

Artists are creating life-sized statues to honor Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair, who died when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham September 15, 1963.

The casting of the memorial is happening in California, and Birmingham native Elizabeth MacQueen is the sculptor.

"Am I emotionally involved? Of course I am," MacQueen says, "I just tried to capture what I felt about each figure. They were all four very different, but good friends."

MacQueen plans to memorialize the four girls with several life-size statues.

Figure 1 is walking by the bench, encouraging the others to go with her to the church service.

Figure 2 is reading the Bible.

Figure 4 is tying a bow on the back of Figure 3's dress.

Figure 3, as MacQueen describes, is reaching for six doves, ascending to heaven.

The doves represent the four girls, as well as two other lives lost during the racial violence in Birmingham on September 15, 1963.

The memorial will be placed on the corner of Sixteenth Street North and Sixth Avenue North at the edge of Kelly Ingram Park.

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