Bombing victim grateful for tragedy counseling

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It's common today for survivors of tragedies like last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school get counseling. But a survivor of one historic event from 50 years ago says things were different back then.

Carolyn McKinstry was 15 years old and in the Birmingham, Ala., church that was bombed in 1963. Four girls were killed in what became a key moment in the civil rights movement.

McKinstry said the only time the bombing was mentioned in her own home afterward was when the FBI came to interview her. She later suffered from depression and a form of survivor's guilt.

McKinstry was in California to talk about an Investigation Discovery network show about the civil rights movement that will air next month.