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16th Street Baptist Church bell returns to Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A part of Birmingham's Civil Rights history has returned to the Magic City.

The original bell form the 16th Street Baptist Church was taken to Washington, D.C. last month for the March on Washington 50th Anniversary celebration.

The bell hung in the steeple the day the church was bombed in 1963. The bell is at the BJCC now, where it will be used in a concert as part of Empowerment Week.

Here are the remaining events for Empowerment Week:

Friday, Sept. 13:

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Panel on Civil Rights/National Impact, composed of U.S. Congressional Representatives lead by Rep. Terri Sewell at 16th Street Baptist Church

1 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/International Impact by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at 16th Street Baptist Church and simulcast from Regions Bank

3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/Human Right Impact at 16th Street Baptist Church

7 p.m. - 10 p.m. U.S. Conference of Mayors Uptown Cityfest at Uptown Entertainment District

Saturday, Sept. 14:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street Diversity Fair at the BJCC and 9th Avenue

Noon A discussion with Bill Cosby at the BJCC

8 p.m. BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights with Jamie Foxx, Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson at the BJCC

Sunday, Sept. 15:

Noon Premiere of 4 Little Girls documentary hosted by Spike Lee at the Alabama Theatre

3 p.m. Commemorative program for the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing at the church

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Birmingham Originals' Taste of Birmingham Food Festival on First Avenue South

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Power Hour with Rod Parsley and Pastor Greg Matthews at Kelly Ingram Park

6:30 p.m. American Idols Concert with Taylor Hicks and guests at Railroad Park

8 p.m. Alabama Symphony, Red Mountain Theatre Company and other in concert at Railroad Park

9 p.m. Closing ceremony with fireworks show at Railroad Park

For more information on the 50 Years Forward effort, please visit http://www.50yearsforward.com/events/.

To learn more about the worship events Sunday at 16th Street Baptist Church, please visit http://www.16thstreetbaptist.org/.

Several streets will also be closed during these events:

6th Avenue North between 15th Street North and 17th Street North

15th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North

16th Street North between 4th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North

17th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North

These streets will re-open at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

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