Rebuilding Churches in Rural Alabama: One Volunteer’s Experience

From the September 1996 issue of Friends Journal.

Most of the time when I hear of an injustice I feel helpless. That was my initial reaction when I heard about the racially-motivated pattern of church arson that has been occurring in the U.S., mostly in the South. I was really angry, but I didn’t think there was much I could do about it. But this time I was lucky. I heard about Washington Quaker Workcamps from a close friend, and I was able to use my anger for (literally) constructive purposes. I was given the opportunity to spend four days in Boligee, Alabama, where volunteers are rebuilding Baptist churches.

Read the full article below or download the PDF See also: Alabama ’96, our editorial from the May issue of that year.

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