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Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage


Invitation to Annual Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage, Saturday, August 12th

“Jonathan Myrick Daniels was a young seminarian in March 1965, when he responded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”s call to come to Selma to help black citizens register to vote. A shotgun-wielding unemployed construction worker and special duty deputy killed him on August 20, 1965 in Hayneville, AL when Jonathan and his companions were released from jail and they attempted to enter the Cash Store to buy something cold to drink. He took a blast meant for 16-year old Ruby Sales. The Episcopal Church designated Jonathan Daniels a martyr in 1991, observing his feast day on August 14th. The Pilgrimage begins at 11 am in the Hayneville Courthouse Square.” –from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama website

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM) invites you to join pilgrims from the region to travel together on Saturday, August 12th to Hayneville, AL. to walk in the steps of Jon Daniels and his friends and to hear this story, one of so many, of courage and sacrifice in the movement toward civil rights for each and every American.

There are two options following the pilgrimage and lunch that our group can decide on:

1.      Join other pilgrims in Hayneville to “deliberate” race relations and the future of our communities in a forum moderated by Dr. Mark Wilson of Auburn University. Participants will share stories and weigh the pros and cons of various approaches to the issue using a non-partisan guide published by National Issues Forums (NIF). There is no cost to participate but space is limited. Click here for more info.

2.      Tour the Lowndes County Interpretive Center, dedicated to telling the story of the Selma to Montgomery March Trail. Click here for more info.

Our plan is to leave Columbus at 9:30 am EDT. The pilgrimage begins at 11 am CDT.

We will head home mid-afternoon and plan to be back in Columbus by 6 pm EDT. Transportation options depend on the number of people signed up to attend.

Anyone interested in participating please email Martha Robert at or call 706-327-0400. Let Martha know if you are willing to drive your vehicle and which afternoon activity you’re most interested in.



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Butter Braids Taste Testing