Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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Dedication of Memorial at St. Simon's African-American Cemetery

July 4th, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am, ends at 10:30 am

St. Thomas Parish, Croom Celebrates Pauli Murray Day & Dedicates Memorial at St. Simon’s African-American Cemetery

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Croom will dedicate a memorial at St. Simon’s Cemetery, across the street from the Church. St. Simon’s is an historic African-American Cemetery, with burials that include enslaved persons from Prince George’s County.

After the dedication, the parish will observe the Feast of St. Pauli (which takes place in early July) at a special worship service in the parish hall.

Pauli Murray was a devout Christian and a priest of the Episcopal Church. As a lawyer, scholar, and advocate, Pauli was major leader of the civil rights movement, championing integration, and women’s rights. As a teenager, Pauli worshipped each summer (1921-1931) at St. Simon’s Mission, where her uncle, the Reverend John E.G. Small, was the vicar.

A tailgate picnic follows the service, and folks are invited to bring their lunch or picnic basket (the parish will provide beverages and cookies).

Website Link: http://www.stthomascroom.org

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