Marshall scholarships honor Ala. bombing victims
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Scholarships have been set up at Marshall University to remember four young black girls who were killed in an Alabama church bombing 50 years ago.
Marshall says an anonymous donor has given $2,000 to the university to establish four scholarships.
Current Marshall students Raquel Whitmore, Rebecca Britton, Donavia Beltran and Jasmine Felder will receive the scholarships at a presentation Thursday night in the Drinko Library Atrium on the Huntington campus.
A powerful dynamite bomb detonated outside Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four girls and critically injuring a fifth as they prepared for worship on a Sunday morning.
Marshall Center for African American Students director Maurice Cooley says the donor’s requests included that the recipients be current black female students at the university.
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