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U.S. House passes resolution honoring church bombing victims

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The U.S. House of Representatives gave a big honor to the victims of a bombing that happened in Birmingham.

The house posthumously awarded the congressional gold medal to the four girls killed in the 16th Street Church bombing. Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell spoke on the house floor on the measure.

It will be 50 years, this September, that four little innocent girls paid a horrible price.

16th Street Baptist Church Pastor Arthur Price Junior says, "Coming to a Sunday School class on a Sunday morning and lose your life, no one ever expects that."

Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair lost their lives in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963.

The tragic bombing led to the passage of a landmark civil rights law.

"After this church was bombed and those lives were lost, those four girls became the symbol of hope and change." Pastor Price also says it's fantastic that the U-S House passed an historic resolution Wednesday honoring the girls posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell says "I just want to acknowledge my sincere appreciation to the leadership of both parties in getting this Congressional Gold Medal on the floor."

Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Spencer Bachus introduced the resolution along with the entire Alabama delegation.

Sewell says "I know that everyone here is mighty appreciative of the sacrifices their families have made in order for our great nation to live up to its true ideals of justice and equality for all."

Sisters of both Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.. support the resolution and thanked lawmakers for their efforts.

Sewell says the resolution will now go to the senate for passage before it goes to the President for his signature.

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