CFA 18/JUL/13-6

Project name
Congressional Gold Medal to honor the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Victims

United States

U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Designs for a gold medal and bronze duplicates
Review Type


Dear Mr. Peterson:

In its meeting of 18 July, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed design for a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the victims of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

For the obverse, the Commission members recommended alternative #2 due to the simple, strong composition of silhouettes with names that emphasizes the identity of the victims. For the reverse, they recommended alternative #6–A, noting the power of its straightforward text describing the event.

As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA

Richard Peterson, Acting Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220

cc: April Stafford, United States Mint