City Mission Boston and Old South Church in Boston led a pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama on June 13-16, 2019. The purpose of this journey was to acknowledge the living legacy of white supremacy in our country, learn the history of white racial violence from Reconstruction to Jim Crow and begin to appreciate the importance of resisting modern day racism and system injustice in our lives and community.
The pilgrimage included the following activities:
A visit to the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum.
Tour of historical sites in Montgomery including the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the Greyhound Bus Station and the Dexter Avenue Church Parsonage.
Attendance at a worship service at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
A walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
Daily reflections and conversations with local historians and storytellers along the way.
We are grateful to our trip facilitators for leading reflections and conversations so that we understand how far we have come and how far we have yet to go to achieve racial reconciliation in our country. See photos below from our journey.