The next stop on EPF’s 80th Anniversary Year of Action will be in Alabama. Join us August 9-10, 2019 in Montgomery for our pilgrimage to the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum followed by the annual Jonathan Myrick Daniels and the Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage to Hayneville, Lowndes County, Alabama, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
Many are calling the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice the “Lynching Memorial.” It is a project of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. The Lynching Memorial powerfully makes the case that racial terror is alive and well in America today, and that we continue to enslave our young men of color at alarming rates. It is a simple fact that one in three young black men in America will go to prison and will remain disenfranchised and stigmatized by our justice system. We will visit these landmark memorials on Friday, August 9.
On Saturday, August 10, EPF will join in the Jonathan Myrick Daniels Pilgrimage which will take place in Hayneville in Lowndes County, Alabama. From the Diocese of Alabama website:
“Over its 23 years, the pilgrimage has grown into one of the most recognized pilgrimages of our Church, bringing people from many dioceses and seminaries across the country to the spot where Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian from Keene, New Hampshire, was shot to death in August 1965 trying to protect an African-American teenage girl. The event is held annually on the second Saturday of August.
“The Pilgrimage begins at 11:00 a.m. in front of the courthouse in Hayneville, the place where an all-white jury in a sham trial lasting less than an hour found Jonathan’s murderer, Tom Coleman, not guilty. Pilgrims march to the jail where Daniels and his companions were held, and from there to the place where he was killed at a small country store that has since been razed, then back to the courthouse. In a moving Eucharist, the judge’s bench of that 1965 trial becomes the altar on which the sacrament is consecrated. Fourteen other martyrs of the Alabama civil rights movement are recognized and honored in this service as well as Daniels.”
Plan to join us for these painful and transformative experiences, where we look the awful truth of our hateful heritage in the face, and come away inspired to help those of us still imprisoned by our systemic racism become free at last. As Bishop of California Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus once said of the Jonathan Daniels’ pilgrimage, “What happens here today is an opportunity for Episcopalians to search for reconciliation across all lines that divide us.”
10:00 am Memorial for Peace and Justice
Noon Lunch at The Alley
2:30 pm Legacy Museum
4:30 pm Time for reflection at Good Shepherd Episcopal, Montgomery
11:00 am Meet at Lowndes County Courthouse for Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage
Eucharist to follow
Lunch on the grounds
Some private housing available.
Courtyard by Marriott, Montgomery, AL 5555 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36117, limited number of rooms available at $119 per night
For pilgrims, $25 registration includes entry to the Memorial and Museum and honorarium. Register online.