To my beloved family, My trip here in Birmingham has been amazing so far. The daily protests are such a beautiful sound to wake up to, I just love hearing people screaming obscenities at each other & children crying from being tear gassed. Temperatures hit 80 degrees on Sunday making the smell of the burning church & children much better, I just adore the smell of the burning Christ figurines. Well, I’ll tell you more about my endeavors here when I return home. Ciao for now. Love, Jaritza
The image itself demonstrates the outside of the church and the burning of it. There is an over abundance of flames on the postcard to represent how big the fire is. There’s also crosses that have flames and sparks on them to represent that the building is a church. To emphasize the location, there’s also a speech bubble that screams out “God help me!”, it demonstrates the fear of the people inside the church. This traumatic event was demonstrated and made apparent with the imagery of the postcard.
The message on the back of the postcard is supposed to describe the events that happened at 16th street Baptist church during the bombing. The text also shines light on the tension between the protesters/freedom riders against the racist citizens. It’s to emphasize the immense chaos & violence in the south during the civil rights movement. It can provide some insight to someone who has never been to Alabama or been apart of a protest for civil rights.