Four Spirits memorial for four little girls

Artist's view of Four Spirits sculpture

Artist’s view of Four Spirits sculpture

In commemoration of the lives lost in the church bombing on September 14, 1963, a grassroots effort is under way to establish a statue as a memorial for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.

“After 50 years, it is surely time that a fitting memorial be established,” said Chervis Isom, who was inspired by reading the account in Carolyn McKinstry’s book, “While the World Watched.”  Four Spirits Inc.  was established to coordinate the effort, which has included input from family members of the four young girls.

A selection committee chose the design by Alabama native Elizabeth MacQueen. Family members of the four girls were consulted and concurred with the decision.

The City of Birmingham is donating space at Kelly Ingram Park for the installation of the sculpture as well as $25,000 toward the effort. The Community Foundation awarded a grant of $25,000 to the project and is serving as a philanthropic partner, making gifts tax-deductible to the Four Spirits memorial sculpture through the Community Foundation.

The overall budget for the project, including design, construction and installation, is $250,000.

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