Father of 11-year-old girl killed in KKK’s 1963 bombing of a black church, and one of first African-American members of Alabama Legislature, dies aged 93


Chris McNair, the father of one of four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of an Alabama church, died on Wednesday. He was 93.

His family confirmed his death in a statement.

‘We are grateful for the life and legacy of our father,’ said J. Christopher McNair. ‘He was a man who loved his family and this community. We ask for prayers and privacy as we prepare to lay him to rest,’ his family said in a statement.

McNair’s daughter Denise, 11, was one of four girls killed when a powerful bomb went off outside Birmingham‘s 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963, amid white opposition to the desegregation of public schools.

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