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Truth-telling along Iowa's Freedom Trail


“Pilgrimage is a spiritual exercise, an act of devotion to find a source of healing, or even to perform a penance. Always, it is a journey of risk and renewal. For a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul.”

—Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage

Beloved Community Initiative invites you to make a Lenten pilgrimage of truth and reconciliation. The path follows part of the “Freedom Trail,” part of the Underground Railroad used in the 1840s to transport escaped enslaved persons to the North to freedom.  Iowa played an important role in the Underground Railroad; a legacy we hope to explore in this journey, as well as grow in our awareness and compassion for people who so desperately sought their freedom.

The pilgrimage will be April 13 and 14, 2019.  We will begin in Iowa City at Old Brick, travel south and then east to several sites of the Underground Railroad, hearing the stories of the abolitionists and the people they sought to protect.  We will have one overnight as part of the journey and will end back in Iowa City on April 14.  

Sponsored by The Beloved Community Initiative and The African American Museum, Cedar Rapids

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