Last bomber convicted in church killing of 4 Black girls in Birmingham, Alabama has died

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FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor’s office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls has died in prison.

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was 82. Officials say he died Friday at a prison near Birmingham, Alabama.

In May 2001, Blanton was convicted of murder and sentenced to life for the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

The bombing was a tipping point of the civil rights movement as the fight to topple segregation laws gained momentum after the attack.

Two other KKK members, Robert Chambliss and Bobby Frank Cherry, were convicted in earlier trials.

They both died in prison.

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