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The United States Mint created the Congressional Gold Medal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th street Baptist Church Bombing in Alabama
(AURN) -- The Obama administration is commemorated a tragic civil rights moment --the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, where 4 girls were killed.
The United States Mint created the Congressional Medal of Honor to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragic perpetuated by the KKK.
The medal was on display this weekend at the church.
The Congressional Medal of Honor has been bestowed on other heroes of the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. Each medal is designed and minted specifically for its recipient.
Legislation to create the medal was co-sponsored Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.
Meantime, it's being reported that the sole survivor of the bombing -- Sarah Collins Rudolph -- has refused the honor and is seeking millions in remuneration. Collins lost her right eye in the blast. Her sister was among the victims.
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