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Monday, January 20, 2020

1994 Georgia - October 1-16

Shortly after the 1993 Journey, Bill Pelke received a call from two of the Indiana participants, Ed and Mary Ruth Weir. Ed and Mary Ruth, who run New Hope House, a hospitality house for families of death row inmates in Griffin, Georgia, had seen firsthand the powerful impact of the Journey and of the stories of MVFR members. They wanted to bring the Journey of Hope to Georgia. Although the Indiana journey was conceived as a one-time event, MVFR accepted the Weir’s offer and planning was begun for a second Journey in Georgia. The Weirs, with the help of Troy Reimer and a network of hardworking abolitionists from around the state brought the second Journey of Hope to the state of Georgia in October, 1994.

The Georgia Journey was another success. Working from the Journey Organizing Handbook, Georgia organizers found that the Journey model could be adapted to the political and social geography and issues particular to their state.


Sept. 30 Gather at Hard Labor Creek Park (Atlanta area)
Oct. 1 Rally at Georgia’s Death Row (Jackson, Ga.)
Oct. 2-4 Atlanta
Oct. 5 Athens/North Georgia
Oct. 6 Move to Brunswick — Camp Glynn
Oct. 7-10 Jacksonville, Fla., Brunswick, Ga; Savannah, Ga.
Oct. 11 Move to Koinonia
Oct. 12 Macon, Warner Robins, Milledgeville
Oct. 13 Columbus, Americus
Oct. 14 Albany
Oct. 15 Move to Indian Springs Park
Oct. 16 Atlanta (Concert and celebration)