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Church bombing survivor speaks at Peeks Chapel

Peeks Chapel Elementary students will be able to hear from a witness to American history on Tuesday morning.

Barbara Cross was in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham but was not injured when a bomb went off and killed four little girls in 1963. Cross, whose father was the pastor at the time, will be speaking at Peeks Chapel at 8 a.m. 

Cross is the oldest of four children born to Rev. and Mrs. John Cross. In June 1962, Barbara and her family moved to Birmingham, Ala., where her father was called to pastor the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and four little girls were killed. Currently, Cross shares her historical and survivor experience with audiences nationwide.

 She has been a guest on national talk shows such as, the Oprah Winfrey Show and she appeared with her father in the Oscar-nominated documentary, "Four Little Girls" directed by Spike Lee. Cross is also a contributing writer of an inspirational book entitled "Sisters on the Journey."