The following is a press release from the Charlottesville Clergy Collective announcing the “Charlottesville to Jamestown” pilgrimage scheduled for October 6-13.
Michael Cheuk, Secretary
Charlottesville Clergy Collective
Charlottesville to Jamestown: A Journey of Transformation will occur in early October 2018. It will begin in Charlottesville, the site of the most violent attack by white supremacists in modern US history, and it will end at the landing point of the first enslaved Africans on this continent, Jamestown and Fort Monroe, Virginia. Offering a history of race and occupation, this pilgrimage will share religious perspectives from scholars, journalists, and clergy members.
Participants on this pilgrimage will hear stories and untold histories, build relationships and identify what needs to be transformed in order to bring about racial equity. Sponsored by the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, the events will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the sin of enslavement and its legacy of inequity. It will invite participants to take the next step to build a more just community.
The pilgrimage commences on Saturday, October 6, with a 4-mile walk from Charlottesville to Monticello. At Monticello, we will hear stories about the lives of the enslaved from their descendants, and read the names of almost 360 people who were enslaved there.
From Monday, October 8 through Thursday, October 11, there will be educational and cultural events that address the history of American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia, and the connections between Christianity and systemic racism.
On Friday, October 12, participants will travel to Richmond to walk the Richmond’s Slave Trail. On Saturday, October 13, participants will visit Jamestown for a First Africans tour, and then move on to Fort Monroe, where the first ship brought enslaved Africans to this shore almost 400 years ago.
The Pilgrimage is sponsored by Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a nonprofit, interfaith organization of fifty members representing over twelve Christian denominations and five faith traditions committed to addressing racism. The Pilgrimage has been funded by the generous support of BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the Virginia United Methodist Foundation, twelve different local faith congregations, and several individual donors. The Baptist Center for Ethics and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation have provided in-kind services.
Visit the website, cville2jtown.com for further information or contact Rabia Povich at firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Cheuk at email@example.com, or Robert Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.