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Alabama board considers parole of Birmingham church bomber

  • Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph speaks with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala., after Alabama's parole board refused early release for a one-time KKK member convicted in the blast. The bombing severely injured Rudolph, and her sister Addie Mae Collins was among the four girls killed in the attack on 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph speaks with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala., after Alabama's parole board refused early release for a one-time KKK member convicted in the blast. The bombing severely injured Rudolph, and her sister Addie Mae Collins was among the four girls killed in the attack on 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)  (The Associated Press)

  • Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph speaks to Alabama's parole board in opposition of an early release for convicted bomber Thomas Blanton Jr. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Rudolph, who was badly injured in the bombing, which killed her sister Addie Mae Collins, urged the board to keep Blanton behind bars. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph speaks to Alabama's parole board in opposition of an early release for convicted bomber Thomas Blanton Jr. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Rudolph, who was badly injured in the bombing, which killed her sister Addie Mae Collins, urged the board to keep Blanton behind bars. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alabama parole board members Eddie Cook Jr., left, and Cliff Walker confer before a hearing for convicted church bombing Thomas Blanton Jr. in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The board denied an early release for Blanton, serving life for the deaths of four black girls in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Alabama parole board members Eddie Cook Jr., left, and Cliff Walker confer before a hearing for convicted church bombing Thomas Blanton Jr. in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. The board denied an early release for Blanton, serving life for the deaths of four black girls in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)  (The Associated Press)

Alabama's parole board is deciding whether to free a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago.

Board members have scheduled a Wednesday hearing for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr.

The 76-year-old Blanton is the last surviving KKK member convicted of murder in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.

Opponents are speaking out against Blanton's possible release after just 15 years in prison. The inmate won't be in attendance during the hearing.

Blanton was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001 for being part of a group of Klansmen who planted a bomb outside the church during the civil rights movement.

Two other former KKK members were convicted of murder and died behind bars.