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on in today that city. began Wednes- p.m. school 20 Pat- FBI Agents Join Search In Atrocity Troopers Ordered Into Birmingham; Four Girls.Killed BIRMINGHAM. Ala. (API-Of- ficials took extraordinary steps, today to head off any new racial violence in bomb-shaken Birming- ham aflcr a dynamite blast killed four Negro girls, caused hours of terror and brought,oulraged pro- tests from national Negro lead- ers. The U.S. Justice Department senl in three top officials and a ' force of FBI aficnts with bomb experts. City officials joined with church leaders in a special tele- cast, urging citizens to be calm. Dr: Martin Luther KKig Jr., a Negro leader, flew into town to urge Negroes to be nonviolent- just as he did in May when the bombing of a Negro motel ' touched off rioting by Negroes. National Guardsmen w e r e placed on alert. Gov. George C. Wallace sent 300 slate troopers into town at the request of Mayor Albert Boutwell. Four Girls Killed The Sunday morning blast at the- Sixteenth Street Baptist Church occurred during a youlh day program at the church where numerous desegregation meetings have been held. It killed the four young' girls and injured 23 others. Within a few hours, two Negro boys were shot to death in other parts of the city; and three other persons were wounded. "Today has been the most frightenmg in the history of Bir- mingham," said Sheriff Melvin Bajley as violence continued breaking out despite pleas for peace. Not since integration leader Medgar Evers was shot to death at, his home .in .Jackson, Miss., in June has the. nation's Negro com- munity reacted to strongly to ra- cial violence. Negro leaders called for strong federal action. The blast was the worst of nu- merous bombings and other vio- lence since Negroes began cam- paigning in April for desegrega- tion. They achieved public school in- tegration. Its beginning last week brought some student boycotts and protests. Gov. Wallace earli- er sought to block the integra- tion, but was stymied by federal intervention. Gunfire Reported This tense city spent a Jong, fearful day and night after Sun- day's blast. Several fires broke out, rocks were thrown by Ne- groes m various sections and gun- 'ire was reported. Sunday school classes at (he church were ending a lesson on "The love that forgives" when the explosion ripped out concrete, metal and glass. The four girls apparently were in the lounge in Ihe basement of (Continued on Page 2, Col. 7)

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  1. Cumberland Evening Times,
  2. 16 Sep 1963, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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