Zion Episcopal Church 301 East Congress St. Charles Town, WV. 25414

Martin Luther King Freedom Trail


Martin Luther King Freedom Trail

We will assemble in front of the Old Charles Town Library at 2:30 PM and march down Washington Street to Lawrence Street, and then to the Betty Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny Intermediate School on Congress Street for the afternoon’s program, beginning at 3:00 PM.  We will have a police escort with the streets blocked off for safety.  Churches, organizations, clubs and schools are all invited to march behind their own signs.

This year’s program celebrates the importance of love in Dr. King’s ministry.  Our theme, “Crossing Bridges to a Just Society …One Heart at a Time” reminds us of Dr. King’s unswerving belief in the power of love and personal transformation in building the “beloved community” in which we will have at last bridged the final barriers of prejudice and injustice. Our program will include welcoming remarks, greetings by the Mayor of Charles Town, singing by the Wright Denny Chorus, the keynote talk by The Very Reverend Melanie McCarley of Zion Episcopal Church, and closing remarks by Janet Jeffries, Jefferson County NAACP.

 “Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover Martin-Luther-Kinga way to live together in peace. . . . If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love.”

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., December 1964, Oslo, Norway, upon receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace)

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Whether you are new to the Christian faith, seeking a church home, or just visiting Charles Town, we hope you all gather with us this Sunday and join in the celebration.