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A woman who survived a 1963 church bombing in Alabama will speak at SIU


The lone survivor of a Civil Rights era church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama is in Carbondale to share her experiences from that traumatic event.

As a 12-year-old in 1963, Sarah Collins Rudolph survived the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing that became a galvanizing moment in the Civil Rights movement.

The blast took the lives of her 14-year-old sister and three young friends.

Rudolph, who lost sight in her right eye and still has pieces of glass inside her body, will be part of a free event at Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Rudolph is the author of a book “The 5th Little Girl: Soul Survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing.”

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