HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from William Carey University
The William Carey University Winters School of Music/Indigo Productions will present “Walk With Me: The 16th
StreetBombing,” a musical retelling the story of the September 1963 Birmingham, Ala., bombing, on February 5 at Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The first production will be at 10 a.m. and will be a collaborative presentation from the School of Music and the history and English departments for area high school students. The presentation at 7 p.m. is open to the general public.
The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed by members of a local Ku Klux Klan group on September 15, 1963. The bombing, which killed four school-age girls and injured an additional 20 people, marked an important turn in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
and solidified support for civil rights legislation passed the following year.
The musical will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carey being the first college in Mississippi, and the first Baptist college in the tri-state
area, to voluntarily desegregate. On March 5, 1965, the Carey Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of then-President J. Ralph Noonkester to open enrollment to all races. The first African-American students to enroll at Carey were Rowan High School
graduates Vermester Jackson and Linda Williams.
Tickets for the musical are available online at
or can be purchased by visiting the School of Music, located in Thomas Fine Arts Center, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
The School of Music office will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19.
Tickets are $20 per person, $5 for college students with valid identification, $5 for children 10 and under and $10 for military. A group discount
of $10 per ticket will be offered for groups of 10 or more.
For more information, contact the School of Music at 601-318-6175.