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Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage

Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage

The Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage will occur on August 10. The NWFDaily News writes:

The 15th annual pilgrimage honoring slain civil rights advocate and Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Myrick Daniels and others who lost their lives during the 1960s movement will take place in Hayneville, Ala., at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The pilgrimage begins at the Courthouse Square in Hayneville at 11 a.m. The procession will go to the old county jail where Daniels and others were detained for a week and then will move to the old Cash Grocery Store where Daniels was killed. The procession will return to the Courthouse Square for a prayer at a memorial erected in his honor by his alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute. The pilgrimage will end at the Courthouse where a service of Holy Communion will take place in the courtroom where the man who killed Daniels was tried and acquitted.

Human rights advocate Dr. Gloria Larry House will be the featured speaker. She worked with Daniels in Selma and Lowndes County in 1965 as a field secretary in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

She spent a week in the Hayneville Jail with Daniels and others following their arrest for participating in a voter registration demonstration in Fort Deposit. She was nearby when Daniels was killed while shielding 16-year old Ruby Sales from a shotgun blast as she tried to enter a store to buy a soft drink.

Gloria Larry House is interviewed in a series of 10 videos here.

Ruby Sales will be a participant and speaker at this event as well. AL online reports:

Civil rights activist Jonathan Myrick Daniels died in 1965 saving the life of a teenage girl, Ruby Sales, who will participate in this year’s Aug. 10 pilgrimage honoring Daniels and others killed during the civil rights movement.

Daniels, who was a student at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., was shot in Hayneville on Aug. 20, 1965.

On Aug. 20, Daniels and his companions were unexpectedly released from jail, though no bail had been paid and no arrangements made for their pickup. Four of them walked to Varner’s Cash Grocery, where they were met by a man with a shotgun. Daniels pulled aside Ms. Sales, then a teenager, and shielded her.

Thomas Coleman was acquitted of a man-slaughter charge by an all-white jury.

Sales was 17 at the time Daniels was killed. Now 65, she is a nationally-recognized human-rights activist and social critic and the founder and co-director of Spirit House, an organization that promotes a spiritual approach to racial, economic, and social justice. Sales and human-rights advocate Gloria Larry House will be featured guests at the pilgrimage.


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Ronald Caldwell

The Jonathan Myrick Daniels annual pilgrimage is one of the most moving religious events I have ever attended. It is part medieval pilgrimage, part southern revival and all about the basics of our faith, love of God and love of our neighbors. Anyone in driving distance of Hayneville, just south of Montgomery should go and experience it. You will be glad you did.

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