A youth group from St. James Church, Keene, NH will be traveling to Alabama from August 11 – 16, 2015, to follow in the footsteps of native son Jonathan Daniels who was murdered there 50 years ago at the height of the civil rights movement. Under the leadership of Derek Scalia, City of Keene's Martin Luther King, Jr./Jonathan Daniels Committee Chair and a St. James parishioner, the group will visit a number of important sites commemorating the civil right movement and the martyrdom of Daniels.
Tuesday, August 11 – Depart Keene, fly to Atlanta, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Wednesday, August 12 – Travel to Montgomery visit the Slave Depot and Slave Market, Volunteer at Common Ground, visit the Rosa Parks Museum and the National Center for Study on Civil Rights
Thursday, August 13 – Travel to Selma, walk across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of Bloody Sunday, the day marchers demanding voting rights were beaten back by Alabama State troopers. Visit the National Voting Rights Museum.
Friday, August 14 – Travel back to Montgomery to visit the Civil Rights Memorial and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ church from 1954 – 1960 in whose basement he organized the Montgomery bus boycott.
Saturday, August 15 – Travel to Hayneville where Jonathan Daniels was shot and killed by Deputy Sheriff Tom Colman. Join the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage led by the Diocese of Alabama in Hayneville.
Sunday, August 16– Travel back to Keene.
“Exploring the history and spirit of the Civil Rights Movements provides an opportunity for all participants within this pilgrimage to connect to Jonathan Daniels and hopefully pave a path towards their own works of justice, Scalia said.
Bishop Hirschfeld will blog about the trip at www.tendingthevine.org.