Civil Rights
6:43 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Event to Recall Civil Rights Martyrs

The first black Episcopal bishop in Georgia will speak at a weekend event in west Alabama honoring civil rights martyrs.

Credit ferris.edu

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright of Atlanta will address a pilgrimage honoring Episcopal seminarian Jonathan Myrick Daniels and others killed in Alabama during the movement in the 1960s.

The event will be held Saturday in the Lowndes County town of Hayneville, where Daniels was shot to death by a volunteer deputy on Aug. 14, 1965.

Daniels was from New Hampshire but had come to Alabama to join in civil rights work. An all-white jury later acquitted the deputy who killed him.

A Roman Catholic priest who was with Daniels and was wounded plans to attend the observance. Richard Morrisroe was critically injured and still hasn't fully recovered.