‘A Flower for the Graves’ | www.ajc.com

Eugene C. Patterson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorials, died Saturday evening of complications from cancer in St. Petersburg, Fla.. He was 89.

‘A Flower for the Graves’ | www.ajc.com: Eugene Patterson’s most famous column was written on Sept. 15, 1963, the day he learned that four young girls had been murdered in Birmingham, Ala., in a church bombing. When he told the story, Patterson would describe how he wrote from his home with tears streaming down his face and his own young daughter nearby.