Survivor of '63 Ala. church bombing seeks funds

5:33 AM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; Addie Mae Collins, 14; and Cynthia Wesley, 14 (l-r); the four girls killed in the Birmingham Church Bombing in 1963
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The lone survivor of a notorious 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls is seeking millions in compensation and says she won't accept a top congressional award to honor the victims.

Sarah Collins Rudolph says she feels forgotten 50 years after the Sept. 16, 1963 blast at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Rudolph says "my sister was killed and I lost my eye" and says she never got restitution.

Congress is considering whether to award the Congressional Gold Medal to four girls who died: 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair.

The brother of Wesley, Fate Morris, says he's also not interested in the award, which is Congress' highest honor.

Juries convicted three Ku Klux Klansmen years later in the bombing.

(Associated Press)

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