Participants in the 19th Annual Jonathan Daniels and Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage in Hayneville, Alabama, Aug. 15 pray at the location of the former Varner’s Cash Store where Daniels was killed by a shotgun-wielding special sheriff’s deputy on Aug. 20,1965. Photo: Ellen Hudson/Diocese of Alabama
Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage remembers the past, looks to future
Nearly 50 years after Jonathan Daniels was killed by a special deputy from Lowndes County, Alabama, the pilgrims who came to Hayneville Aug. 15 to remember the seminarian’s martyrdom walked through the streets led by a county sheriff’s squad car.
Some 1,500 people from across The Episcopal Church and elsewhere walked the path that Daniels, 26, Richard Morrisroe, also 26, Thelma Bailey, 19, and Ruby Sales, 17, took on Aug. 20, 1965, the day Daniels died stepping in front of a shotgun aimed at Sales. Morrisroe, who was a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest and was seriously wounded that day, returned to Hayneville for the day. The pilgrims ranged from babies in strollers to elderly in wheelchairs.
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