A Civil Rights Journey – Jean and Steve Godsall-Myers
A long-standing desire to travel to family in Atlanta opened up a possibility for Jean and Steve to take an extended tour in June 2021 that would take them back into our country’s racial history. The expanded itinerary included the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Steve and Jean ‘met’ Harriet Tubman; Wilmington, NC where white Democrats violently overthrew a fusion government in 1898; a stroll down Main St. in ‘Columbia, SC and its Civil Rights Heritage; a stop in Tuskegee to recall the Airmen and the tragic syphilis study. The Godsall-Myers spent time in the Civil Rights ‘triangle’ of Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, AL, retracing (in a car) the historic Selma to Montgomery March. After that, it was northward to Nashville, TN, home of Fisk University and student-led sit-ins. The homebound trip east went through Clinton, TN (first court-ordered desegregated high school); Hardy, VA (site of plantation where Booker T. Washington was born); Farmville, VA (home of the high school that was part of Brown v. Board of Education – desegregation was delayed 10 years!) and Harpers Ferry (site of John Brown’s raid).
The trip ended on a celebratory note in Lansdale and its Juneteenth celebration. Jean and Steve will come with slides and stories and impressions to share from a very humbling and sobering journey.
About the presenters: Jean Godsall-Myers is a retired German Professor and Steve Godsall-Myers is a retired pastor. They have lived in Harleysville for 11 years.
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