In recent years, the Episcopal Church has tried to confront its role in perpetuating and profiting from slavery. In 2008, it issued an extraordinary public statement apology for its links to slavery, segregation and discrimination.
And for those who don’t live near a participating church or national park, both the Episcopal Church and the Park Service are encouraging people to find a bell and ring it wherever they are.
Participating metro Atlanta churches include:
• St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
• St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne’s Lane NW, Atlanta
• Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta
• St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta
• St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 Main St., College Park
• Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, 4140 Clark St. SW, Covington
• The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta
• St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 207 N. Greenwood St., LaGrange
• St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna
Images from the slave vessel L’Aurore from Emory University.”Slave Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database” uses databases to bring history to life, offering a more complete portrait of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. (Screenshots from www.slavevoyages.org/)