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Photo exhibit to commemorate girls killed in 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

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A photographer pays homage to the four little girls killed in Birmingham's church bombing, as the 50th anniversary of that tragic event nears.

"Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project" is on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art, beginning September 8, 2013.

Bey remembers the sad events that day, in an exhibit of 16 large-scale black and white photograph portraits.

The exhibit honors the life of the girls killed in the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963.

The girls killed that day are Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley.

"When I was 11 years old, I saw for the first time the photograph of a wounded Sarah Collins, the surviving sister of Addie Mae Collins. Sarah Collins had also been present at the dynamiting of the church as well, but unlike her sister had survived. I trace the beginnings of this project to seeing that picture. Everything changed for me at that moment, and it has taken all of these years since to craft a response to the ground-shifting trauma of seeing that picture," explains Bey.

"The Birmingham Project is my memorial to those six young lives lost fifty years ago, and a tribute to those who were in Birmingham at that difficult moment and those who have been born since. This project asks that we consider the past through the present moment," says Bey.

The Birmingham Project is part of the 50 Years Forward initiative.

The exhibit is on display until December 2, 2013.

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