"BE YE RECONCILED....."
Sunday, April 3, 2016
"BE YE RECONCILED....."
"If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.” ~ Timothy B. Tyson
Here's another one of my "artistic creations."
"The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was organized April 20, 1873 and has been served by 16 pastors. It has served most of this century as the religious and cultural center of Birmingham's African-American community, and now also, as a landmark to Birmingham's Civil Rights District. Built in 1909-11, it was designed by Wallace A. Rayfield, a graduate of Howard University and Pratt Institute, and the first African-American to establish an architectural practice in Birmingham. The church was erected in an eclectic style reminiscent of Byzantine and Romanesque forms by successful African-American contractor Thomas C. Windham. Located downtown near the former center of the African-American business district, Sixteenth Street Church has been known throughout its history as "everybody's church."
"Many distinguished Americans such as Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Marian Anderson, Mary McLeod Bethune and W.E.B. DuBois were heard there. The church began to receive national attention in 1963 when it became the principle site for organizing civil rights demonstrations led by the Reverends Fred Shuttlesworth and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church killed four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley (all age 14) and Denise McNair (age 11), and injuring 22 others. The 19 sticks of dynamite were placed underneath a stairwell that was located on the northeast corner of the building. The stairwell was not replaced when the church made repairs. President Johnson secured passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act the following year. On February 20, 2006, the church was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior."
~ Reprinted texts from an unknown source
View the original ("before") photo here:
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Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
1530 Sixth Avenue North
Official website is here: http://16thstreetbaptist.org
***#4 photo of the day***
(original photo taken 6/25/2011; this version created/post processed on 4/1/2016)
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