- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The lone survivor of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four young black girls and convicted three Ku Klux Klansmen said a top congressional award isn’t good enough and seeks millions in restitution instead.

Sarah Collins Rudolph said she was forgotten after she lost an eye and an older sister in the Sept. 16, 1963 attack at Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the Associated Press reported. She and her family never received compensation.

“I still shake. I still jump when I hear loud sounds,” Miss Rudolph, who was only 12 at the time, told National Public Radio in January. “Every day I think about it, just looking in the mirror and seeing the scars on my face. I’m reminded of it every day.”

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

Fate Morris, Cynthia Wesley’s brother, told AP that he also is uninterested in the award.



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