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Note from mother of girl killed in Birmingham church bombing to Jacqueline Kennedy among newly released letters

AT TOP: Among the letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy were a painting from Roy L. Baynes of Montclair, Calif., who sent a note with the work. Itala Bessi of Pisa, Italy, offered a bust of President Kennedy that her husband made, and Persia Campbell of Queens College in New York sent a photo of a 2-year-old boy in Kenya named Kennedy Mbatia.
AT TOP: Among the letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy were a painting from Roy L. Baynes of Montclair, Calif., who sent a note with the work. Itala Bessi of Pisa, Italy, offered a bust of President Kennedy that her husband made, and Persia Campbell of Queens College in New York sent a photo of a 2-year-old boy in Kenya named Kennedy Mbatia.Credit:

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The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library has made public hundreds of letters to Jacqueline Kennedy this week as part of its ongoing curation of the family’s personal papers and effects.

While hundreds of letters written to the Kennedy family following the assassination had been previously made public, the newly released documents contain more than 22,000 pages of correspondence that include specific requests of the first lady and were handled by her personal secretaries.

They include one poignant note to Jacqueline Kennedy from the mother of one of the girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, a crime considered a catalyst of the civil rights movement.

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