Sculptor making statue to honor 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369434743&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4071492&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369434743 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Elizabeth MacQueen has been working on a very special project.

Macqueen, a fine arts sculptor, has been commissioned to make a statue memorializing the four little girls who died during the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

CBS42’s Sherri Jackson has been keeping up with MacQueen as she painstakingly works to perfect every detail of each girl.

She says the project is close to her heart, because she was living in Birmingham and was the same age as the girls at the time of the bombing.

“I’m cried out already. I don’t cry anymore. Not as much as I used to when I was working on this.” MacQueen said. “Sometimes tears would just fall on the clay, and thank goodness it’s oil based so I just had to wipe it off.”

MacQueen will mold and trim the statue four different times before reaching a final product.

The final statue will have a brilliant bronze finish, much like her other pieces of art.

More information on the plans for the memorial can be found by clicking this link.

MacQueen’s webpage can be found by clicking this link.

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