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Jonathan Daniels Annual Pilgrimage

  • Lowndes County Courthouse 1 South Washington Street Hayneville, AL 36040 (map)
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Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry (CVEM) invites you to join the annual pilgrimage to Hayneville, Alabama in remembrance of Episcopal Church martyr Jonathan Myrick Daniels, on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

This 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 Pilgrimage begins at 11:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Time) 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.

This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Kenyen Brown, the first African American US Attorney to serve in the history of the State of Alabama. Here's a link for more information:

This year, pilgrims will depart from Columbus at 9:30 am EDT, stop in Opelika, AL from 10 – 10:15 EDT to meet up with other pilgrims, and arrive in Hayneville by 10:30 CDT. We will head home around 2 pm CDT, arriving back in Columbus between 5-6 pm EDT.

Please follow the link and let us know you're planning to attend and if you'd like to carpool or caravan together:

If you have any questions, please contact Martha Robert at CVEM at or call (706) 327-0400 ext. 1001.

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