BOSTON- Sarah Collins Rudolph, a survivor from the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, spoke at the Massachusetts State House today about her story of survival. The visit was hosted by Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).

“The story of Sarah Collins Rudolph is a tremendous story and a one that shows the power of the human spirit,” stated Senator Moore. “As a young girl, Sarah survived a tragic bombing at her church which was fueled by hate. Although she suffered serious injuries, she has found that love can overcome hate. I encourage everyone to learn more about this amazing person.”

In September 1963, a bomb planted by white supremacists exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church killing four young girls preparing for worship, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair and Sarah’s older sister, Addie Mae Collins. Sarah Collins Rudolph was the only survivor. The bombing shocked the nation and propelled Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

 

From L to R: Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), Representative Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield), George Rudolph, Sarah Collins Rudolph’s husband, Sarah Collins Rudolph, Representative Gloria L. Fox (D-Roxbury), Reverend Toni DiPina, Shelly MacNeill, Senator Moore’s Chief of Staff and Joe Martin

From L to R: Senator Thomas M. McGee (D-Lynn), Representative Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield), George Rudolph, Sarah Collins Rudolph’s husband, Sarah Collins Rudolph, Representative Gloria L. Fox (D-Roxbury), Reverend Toni DiPina, Shelly MacNeill, Senator Moore’s Chief of Staff and Joe Martin