Wales Window Of Alabama, The

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20110310|This is the story of what links the people of Wales, with one of the worst atrocities of the American Civil Rights movement.|In 1963, racist bombers, blew up the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, killing four girls in the blast.|The murder of children marked another low in the violent resistance to civil rights.|News of the bombing was broadcast worldwide.|The Welsh sculptor John Petts heard about it on the radio as he worked in his studio.|He was so upset he wanted to do something to help.|He contacted a local newspaper and a campaign was launched to raise money to help rebuild the devastated Church.|No one was allowed to give more than half a crown - to ensure that no rich benefactor could take credit for the money raised.|There were reports of children, black and white, queuing up in Cardiff to donate their pocket money.|Tens of thousands of people contributed to the fund.|With the money that was raised, Petts was commissioned to make a new stained glass window for the Church.|Grand in scale, it depicted a black man, arms out stretched, reminiscent of the crucifixion.|Petts drew on his experiences as a medic in the second world war to create his image of the 'damaged male body'.|He was also inspired by the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, which had happened only a few years before.|The window is now a focus of worship and has become one of the most famous pieces of art to come out of the darkness of the civil rights period.|At its foot a simple message; 'Given by The People of Wales'.|This programme tells the story of 'The Welsh Window'|The presenter is Gary Younge and the producer is Nicola Swords.|The programme is produced in Manchester.|The story of a stained glass window in an Alabama church paid for by the people of Wales.