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One of the former Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of murder in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls died in prison.



White-sheet-wearing Bobby Frank Cherry, 74 died in prison today, and is hopefully burning in hell. Thomas Blanton (R) was convicted in 2001 and is serving a life prison sentence. A third Klansman, Robert Chambliss, was also convicted in 1977, also died in prison. (AP)

Cherry was convicted in May 2002 in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a gathering place for civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, and was sentenced to life in prison. It was the deadliest act of the civil rights era.

Cherry was among three former Ku Klux Klan members convicted in the bombing, which killed the four girls as they were preparing to take part in a Sunday morning service.

The Sept. 15, 1963, explosion killed Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, all 14, and Denise McNair, 11.

[Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham and was friends with one of the girls killed in the bombing.]

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