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The Rev. Daniel Simons preached about the pilgrimage on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Click here to watch the sermon here.

Watch incoming Presiding Bishop Curry's pilgrimage sermon here.


The Civil Rights Pilgrimage weekend is underway across the South, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the murder of Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Daniels in Hayneville, Alabama in August 1965.  A delegation from the Episcopal Diocese of New York, led by Bishop Andrew Dietsche and including Trinity Wall Street priests and parishioners, are participating in the pilgrimage with stops in Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Hayneville.

Incoming Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach twice, on Saturday August 15 inside the courtroom where Daniels’ killer was acquitted, and on Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma, a congregation Daniels, in partnership with local black citizens, worked to integrate in the months before his death.

Follow the pilgrimage through the links below, including the blog In the Moment, written by Father Daniel Simons of Trinity, and the Diocese of Alabama’s web stream that will provide video of both of Bishop Curry’s sermons. 

Live Stream Schedule

The Diocese of Alabama's web stream can also be accessed via this link.

August 15
9:30am: Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels an award-winning PBS documentary on Daniels’ life and his role in the 1960’s civil rights movement in Alabama.
11:00am: The Jonathan Daniels & Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage, Hayneville, AL
The pilgrimage will travel from the Lowndes County Courthouse square to the jail where Daniels and others were held after being arrested in Ft. Deposit for protesting whites-only businesses.  The group will then move to the site of the Cash Store where Daniels was killed, to dedicate a historical marker. The participants will process back to the square and to the Lowndes County Courthouse for a special service in the courtroom where Daniels killer was tried and acquitted.  In a solemn ceremony during the service, the role of the civil rights martyrs of Alabama will be called. Episcopal Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry will preach at the service.
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