Maxine McNair Wiki – Maxine McNair Biography
Maxine McNair, the last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in a 1963 Alabama church bombing, died Sunday.
McNair’s daughter Denise was the youngest of four Black girls murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in a blast at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church. McNair’s family announced her death in a press release. A cause of death was not given.
She was 93 years old.
Maxine McNair Dies
The last living parent of any of the four Black girls killed in the 1963 Alabama church bombing has died.
Maxine McNair’s family announced her death in a press release Sunday at 93. A cause of death was not given.
Maxine McNair worked as a teacher for 33 years in the Birmingham public school system. Her daughter, Lisa McNair, said her mother helped change many lives.
1963 Church Bombing
McNair’s daughter, 11-year-old Denise McNair, was the youngest girl killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement. Also killed were three 14-year-olds: Addie Mae Collins, Carole Rosamond Robertson and Cynthia Dionne Wesley.
Three members of the Ku Klux Klan were eventually convicted in the case, the first in 1977 and two more in the early 2000s.
Her daughter, Lisa McNair, said she changed many lives through education and left a lasting legacy through the students she touched.
“Mrs McNair was an amazing wife and mother and as a teacher of 33 years in the Birmingham public school system imparted knowledge in the lives of hundreds. We are going to miss her laughter and her humour. The family would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers,” the family’s statement said.
Maxine McNair’s husband, Chris McNair, died in 2019 at 93. He was one of the first Black members of the Alabama Legislature since Reconstruction and a Jefferson County commissioner.