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This article is about the Birmingham nickname. For other uses, see Bombingham (disambiguation).

Bombingham was a derisive nickname for Birmingham given because of numerous "unsolved" bombings of African American leaders' homes and meeting places during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s.

The nickname was used predominantly by African Americans.1 The name had been in use earlier, but by 1963, even before the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, the name was making the national press.1 With the 16th Street Baptist bombing, there had been 50 bombings in Birmingham since 1947 linked to race issues, all of them officially unsolved at the time.2


  1. "Freedom--Now." (May 17, 1963) Time - accessed January 30, 2007.
  2. Birnbaum, Jesse (September 27, 1963) "Where the Stars Fall" Time - accessed January 30, 2007.