Fundraising event held to reach memorial target

September 30, 2013 by  

A fundraising session took place in Birmingham earlier in the month to raise money for a memorial to commemorate the 50 years anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

Four Spirits Inc. was formed to organize a memorial in the memory of four young victims of the 1963 blast. A competition was held to decide who would be the most suitable person to create the design for the memorial and Elizabeth MacQueen won. The work on the sculpture will be carried out in Berkeley, California.

The amount needed for the memorial is $250,000 but more than $200,000 has already been raised by the non-profit organization Four Spirits Inc. The fundraising event was held at Birmingham’s Kress Building and welcomed the First Lady of Alabama, Dianne Bentley, and the First Lady of Birmingham, Dr. Sharon Bell, as honorary co-chairs.

A statement was given by Martha Bozeman, Birmingham attorney and Four Spirits Inc. board member. In the statement, Bozeman expressed her gratitude for the support of the first ladies. The memorial will comprise a base made of bronze and stainless steel, while the girls will be memorialized as four life-size statues.

Each event for the fundraising towards the cost of the memorial will be promoted, possibly using the local brochure printers to produce brochures and other materials, which will publicize the event. The memorial will be placed close to Kelly Ingram Park, opposite the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.