Bishop Curry’s Sermon from the Pilgrimage (click)


Johnathan Daniels (March 20, 1939 – August 20, 1965) was an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist.
In 1965 he was murdered in Hayneville, Alabama while in the act of saving a young woman, Ruby Sales, who was a civil rights activist with Johnathan and others.
They both were working in the Civil Rights Movement in Lowndes Countyregistering people to
vote .

In 1991 Daniels was designated as a martyr in the Episcopal church, and is recognized annually. He is memorialized in the Civil Rights Movement and other venues. The Diocese of Alabama and the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast organize an annual pilgrimage to Hayneville – this has been happening for at least 13 years. Many people from the Diocese of Atlanta go.

This year our area Episcopal Churches are arranging for our parish groups to go together. Rt Rev Michael Curry is scheduled  to go – He is our new Presiding Bishop. It is a time of unity and remembrance. The city of Hayneville welcomes and embraces this pilgrimage as well.

More details will be posted about this trip as time gets closer.

 CVEM will be taking reservations for travel to the Pilgrimage honoring the 50th Anniversary of Jonathan Daniel’s Death in Hayneville on Aug. 15.

Vans will leave from St. Thomas at 8:15 a.m. and return around 4 p.m.
Box lunches will be catered to All Saints Parish in Montgomery where The Rev. Matthew Grunfeld is rector. Lunches will be $10 for an option of a Hoagie Veggie or Hoagie Club with slaw, chips, cookie, a pickle & a drink (if you would like to purhcase lunch). Bring your $10 cash with you and pay when you check in.
RSVP by Aug. 2 at or call CVEM at 706-327-0400.