A Lenten Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama
- April 3-6, 2019
St. Paul's Church in Carondelet and Christ Church Cathedral are organizing a pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama to reflect upon and be transformed by a visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.
The museum and memorial, dedicated to the horrible legacy of racially motivated mob violence and lynching of African Americans, opened in 2018. More that 4400 African American men, women,m and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation.
Stops along the way tracing the Civil Rights Movement will include:
- Kelly Ingram Park, the site of organized protests and boycotts
- the 16th Street Baptist Church's new statue memorializing the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing
- a soul food luncheon in Birmingham
- the Civil Rights Trail to Selma
- the Selma-to-Montgomery Trail National Park Service Museum
- the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
The Rev. Rebecca Ragland will facilitate reflections during this pilgrimage.
More detailed information on costs and travel plans on the updated (9-26-2018) flyer linked below.
- Flyer for churches
- Photo from the museum site, of the soil collected at each lynching site. Additional article on these jars in National Geographic's recent race issue
- Museum and Memorial website