GOV. IVEY SPEAKS ON THOMAS EDWIN BLANTON JR.’S DEATH

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By WVUA 23 Contributor Daniel Pinheiro

On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement on the death of Thomas Edwin Blanton, Jr.

He gained notoriety for being the last surviving person involved with the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.  That event led to the death of four African-American girls.

In her statement, Gov. Ivey lamented over the event, calling it “a dark day that will never be forgotten.”

In addition, she called for the people of Alabama to “continue taking steps forward to heal, do better and honor those who sacrificed everything for Alabama and our nation.”

Blanton, Jr. died while jailed for life.

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