Two of the survivors of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing shared their story Saturday night at Penn State Shenango Campus.
Barbara Cross was just 13 years old when her father’s Birmingham, Alabama church was bombed. Four young girls were killed that September morning in 1963.
Cross was joined by fellow survivor Junie Collins Williams, whose 14-year-old sister died in the bombing. Cross said she thinks her life was spared so she can tell their story.
“I was cut in the head. Although my physical scars are gone, I will have emotional scars for the rest of my life, but it’s okay because I’m sharing the story,” said Cross. “We have to connect our history no matter how painful. Many of us have gone through trial and tribulation, but I thank God I’m here with you so I can share the story.”
Before sharing their story with the crowd, the women talked with the media and others where they were asked to say out loud the names of the four victims who Cross calls angels.
Cross and Collins-Williams were also presented with a proclamation from the Hermitage Board of Commissioners.
The women will speak tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle in Farrell.