Miniature Congressional Gold Medal in Bronze


Replica (1.5″) in bronze of Medal presented posthumously to girls killed in bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.


The bronze medal is 1.5″ The design features the silhouette of four young girls, representing those killed on that fateful day. The victims’ names are inscribed around the border of the design. The reverse depicts a view of the 16th Street Baptist Church with the inscription KILLED IN THE BOMBING OF THE 16TH ST. BAPTIST CHURCH to the left of the image The death of those 4 little girls, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair, on September 15, 1963 sent shockwaves across the country. The girls’ deaths served as a catalyst for advances in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, including the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, . which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Dr. Lawrence Pijeaux, President and CEO of BCRI, accepted the award on behalf of the girls’ family at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The actual gold medal is housed in BCRI’s Human Rights gallery.

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