Joint Pilgrimage to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, October 19-20
In an effort to continue to live into our covenant with First Baptist Church on New St., to “be a witness to the body of Christ through our developing relationship and through recognizing our shared history,” we are excited to announce our two congregations will embark on a pilgrimage to Montgomery, AL, to experience the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
“The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened to the public on April 26, 2018, is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.
The Memorial for Peace and Justice was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America’s history of racial inequality.“
Through a generous grant from our partners the New Baptist Covenant, all costs for this trip will be covered
In a change from our original plans, we will no longer plan to stay overnight in Montgomery. Instead, we will leave from our parking lot at 8 am, Saturday, October 20, spend the day in Montgomery, and return to Macon that evening. However, we will all gather that Friday at FBC on New St. for dinner and conversation about the trip.
Mindful that this experience will be intense, emotionally and spiritually, we ask that those desiring to participate in this trip will commit to being at this Friday dinner and meeting, and to gather again at least once to process after we return. We also hope you will engage in the work our two churches continue to do together, and help shape our path forward.
Space will be limited, but we encourage all others to visit the memorial and museum through other means.