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 - Troubled City Endures Night Of Fear, Hate...
Troubled City Endures Night Of Fear, Hate BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — Negro students entered three integrated Birmingham schools without incident today in the wake of a church bombing and street violence that cost six lives. A force of 1,400 policemen, state troopers and battle-equipped National Guardsmen was ready for action in the tense atmosphere of this racially-troubled city. But only city police appeared at West End and Ramsay high schools and Graymont elementary school as the Negro pupils began their first full week of integrated classes. The schools were inte- granted by court order last Tuesday. A dynamite-stick bomb shattered the 16th Street Baptist Church at 10:22 a.m. Sunday, killing four young girls in a basement Sunday school class and wounding at least 20 other per- i sons. The church was filled with 400 worshipers. to to Two ofchar Nsgroes were shot to | death in the hours of street vio- lence that followed. rrent A crowd of 2,000 hysterical Ne- degrees swarmed from their homes after the explosion, and police struggled and fired rifle shots in the air for two hours before dispersing the group. Shootings and stonings broke out through the city and continued late into the night. During one of these incidents, police shot to death Johnny Robinson, a 16-year-old Negro, who was hurting rocks at whites' cars and ignored orders to halt after he fled down an alley. At about the same time, seven hours after the explosion, Virgil Ware, a 13-year-old Negro, was shot from ambush while riding a bicycle with his brother in a residential area 15 miles away. Two white youths seen riding a red motorcycle in the area were sought by police. Officers arrested 19 Negroes In the vicinity of the bombed church on a variety of charges including refusing to obey an officer, drunk- in a enness and carrying concealed Weapons. Police Chief Jamie Moore, fearing a repetition of the rioting that followed the bombing of a Negro attorney's home Sept. 4, called all available members of his 600-man force to duty. Mayor Albert Boutwell appealed to Gov. George Wallace for help. Wallace dispatched 300 troopers and alerted 500 National Guardsmen in the city, where racial tensions have ebbed and flowed for months. President Kennedy was notified immediately of the incident, and Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy disptached his chief civii rights troubleshooter, Burke Marshall, to Birmingham. Also rushed in (Continued On Page 2)

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 16 Sep 1963, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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