Pilgrimage to Montgomery

Friday, November 11, 2022

About the Event

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Join us for the Alliance of Baptists' Fall Gathering!

Dates | November 11-13, 2022 

Cost | $500 (includes transportation, double-occupancy accommodations, museum admission, Alliance of Baptists registration, and one group dinner) Deposit of $100 due by Sunday, October 9.

We want to invite you to join MPBC, Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church, Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, and the Alliance of Baptists for an interracial pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama on November 11-13. 

Dr. Ben Boswell, Meta Commerse, Dr. Peter Wherry, Rev. Thomas Farrow, and Rev. Tara Gibbs will be our guides on this journey, and Alexis Tardy and Rev. Elijah R. Zehyoue will be the keynote speakers in Montgomery.

We will be traveling by charter bus and leaving from the Roswell Ave. parking lot Thursday morning the 10th at 7:00 am and returning Saturday evening the 12th around 9:00 pm. The cost of the trip will be $500 per person, which will include transportation, accommodations for two nights, museum admissions, and one group dinner. The cost does not include the other meals, which individuals will need to pay for on their own at restaurants in Montgomery and along the way. 

The National Peace and Justice Memorial is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslavement, lynching, racial segregation, Jim Crow, and police brutality. The Legacy Museum tells the story of how our nation went from enslavement to mass incarceration. Together they provide a fuller context of the history of racial violence in the United States and the contemporary manifestations of that violence. Additionally, they help to show how racial violence was and is common in our society. The hope of the museum and the memorial is that if people know what happened and is happening, we will be moved to act differently and chart a different course. 

Bryan Stevenson, the visionary behind the museum and memorial, has said that we cannot understand most of life’s important things from a distance, we must get close. As we seek to understand racism and ultimately reject it, and dismantle its oppressive structures, we cannot do it from a distance. We must get close to the stories of people who have suffered the most from its violence and brutality. We must acknowledge the roles of some of our institutions and ancestors, and we must commit ourselves to reparations; renewal, and reconstruction as we chart a new, courageous, and imaginative path. And we must do all of this together, guided by the spirit of God. 

Seating on the bus is very limited and participation for all churches will be on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in joining us on this pilgrimage, please register as soon as possible.