published Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Statue of Birmingham bombing victims heads to Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A memorial to four girls killed in a racist church bombing in Birmingham 50 years ago is headed to Alabama from California.

A sculpture of the bombing victims is being shipped by truck from where it was created at the Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif.

It's scheduled to begin the trek eastward today, and the sculpture is supposed to arrive in Alabama by next week.

The piece will be installed and unveiled Sept. 14 at a downtown park near the scene of the bombing.

Organizers have raised more than $200,000 for the project but still need more money.

A bomb detonated outside 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four black girls.

Three Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted years later, and one remains in prison.

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