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Racial Reconciliation Pilgrimages

South Carolina State University

300 College St. NE. Orangeburg, SC 29115

May 15-16, 2015

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The Racial Reconciliation Design Team, RRDT, is calling the members of the South Carolina Annual
Conference to take serious the concept of Pilgrimages of Pain and Hope. We invite you to have conversations that address racism and social injustice.

Travel with us to the tragedy at Orangeburg. The Orangeburg Massacre has remained one of the least known and most misunderstood events of the civil rights era. On a basic level, Orangeburg is a chilling history lesson on the horrors of law enforcement motivated by racism and hatred.

We are inviting the South Carolina Annual Conference to come as  pilgrims to places of Pain and Hope.  On May 15-16, 2015 on the historic campus of South Carolina State University, the members of the RRDT and the members from across the Annual Conference will be working to heal the sin of racism.

Pilgrimages of Pain and Hope are one way we are called to follow God’s heart and join God’s mission in the world. Through any pilgrimage, we learn more about sisters and brothers in communities and more about our relationship with Christ.

The Orangeburg Massacre centers on the February 8th, 1968,
Killing of three students: Samuel Hammond, Henry Smith, and Delano
Middleton, by police gunfire on the South Carolina State University campus in Orangeburg.

Twenty-seven others were wounded. None of the students were armed and most were shot in their backs or the soles of their feet.

Pilgrimage Presenters are Bishop Holston and Joe Benton


Below are some comfortable reasonable lodging locations:

Fairfield Inn by Marriott  

663 Citadel Road, I-26, Exit 145, Orangeburg, SC 29115

Phone:(803) 533-0014

Country Inn & Suites

Address: 731 Citadel Rd, Orangeburg, SC 29118

Phone:(803) 928-5300

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