Fifty-three years ago, in Birmingham, Alabama, four schoolgirls were killed when a bomb exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church, a prominent African-American place of worship. The church became a symbol of the civil rights movement and its fight to overcome racism and segregation.
This week, on the anniversary of the bombing, Little Free Library creator and executive director, Todd H. Bol, delivered a Peace Pole Library to the 16th Street Baptist Church in honor of the four girls, and in thanks to the church for its role in bringing greater harmony and understanding to the country.
Bol also delivered Peace Pole Libraries to two other historic Alabama sites: Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma, the starting point for the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in 1965; and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the congregation from 1954 to 1960.
Left to right: Todd H. Bol at the 16th Street Baptist Church, Reverend Cromwell Handy and Bol at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and Barbra Cook at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church.