Alpha Robertson

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Alpha Robertson

Alpha Bliss Anderson Robertson (born March 2, 1919 in Birmingham; died August 11, 2002 in Birmingham) was a former teacher and school librarian for Birmingham City Schools.

Robertson was the wife of band director Alvin Robertson and the mother of Carole Robertson, one of the four girls killed in 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.

She taught at Councill Elementary School and later worked as assistant school librarian at Hayes High School.

Robertson appeared in Spike Lee's 1997 documentary, "4 Little Girls", and testified for prosecutor Doug Jones in the 2002 murder trial of Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry.

Robertson, who had cancer, died in August 2002 after suffering a third stroke. She was survived by her son, Alvin Jr, daughter Dianne Braddock, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is buried at Greenwood Cemetery.


  • "Alpha Robertson, 83; Her Daughter Died in 1963 Church Bombing." (August 13, 2002) The Los Angeles Times

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