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ICYMI: Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Jonesborough's Depot Street Park

Contributed • Jan 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM

The McKinney Center and the Jonesborough Story Initiative will mark the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21 from 1p.m. - 3p.m. with a community event and Peace Walk filled with stories that draw on the teachings of Dr. King, who famously stated “Peace is not merely a distant gal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

In addition to honoring the life work of Dr. King, this event will also honor people from Jonesborough who have practiced peace building and community making in this region.

The McKinney Center is inviting the Jonesborough Community to meet at Depot Street Park at 1PM, across the road from where Alfred Greenlee lived. There, Vice-Mayor Adam Dickson will recite part of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. From there, the group will take a Peace Walk along the path that Alfred Greenlee once took. Stories about Alfred Greenlee, Jonesborough’s Buffalo Soldier, Alfred Martin Rhea, the Eureka Inn, John Russaw, and the Emancipator Newspaper will be told along the course of the walk by local storytellers and historians. Hot Cocoa and refreshments will be served at the Eureka Inn as proprietor Katelyn Yarbrough relates a story about a unique and little-known feature of the Eureka Inn.

At the conclusion of the walk, which ends back at Depot Street Park, participants will have an opportunity to take part in a community art project, led by McKinney Center art faculty, decorating the fence at Depot Street Park with a design to commemorate the peace work of Dr. King and other peacemakers in Jonesborough.

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