Rekindling Dubuque’s Early Promise of Peace and Unity
Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
In-person, Shalom Spirituality Center, Chapel
Facilitators: Ernestine Moss and Brian Hallstoos, co-chairs of the Nathaniel Morgan Memorial Committee
Amid the hustle and bustle of early Dubuque, a devout group of congregants made plans to construct the area's first church building. The interracial group demonstrated that this new structure would be for everyone, regardless of background. African American Charlotte Morgan donated money for this peaceful purpose. The church was built, but only a few years later, a white mob accused Charlotte's spouse, Nathaniel, of theft and - in broad daylight - lynched him. The local court acquitted the mob leaders of the crime, and the early promise of a peaceful, interracial community was dashed. The Nathaniel Morgan Memorial Committee co-chairs Ernestine Moss and Brian Hallstoos will present on their committee's efforts to memorialize Mr. Morgan and how remembering him rekindles the spirit of peace through interracial unity.
Shalom welcomes Dubuque Mayor Cavanagh to this event! Mayor Cavanagh will read a proclamation at the beginning of this event, featuring a wonderful designation in honor of Nathaniel and Charlotte Morgan.
Freewill offerings received will support the Nathaniel Morgan Memorial Committee. RSVP is preferred but optional for this event by Tuesday, September 5.
Jim EarlesOrganizer of Rekindling Dubuque’s Early Promise of Peace and Unity
LocationShalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, United States
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Sister Mary E. Meckley1
Dale L. Campbell Jr2
Rev Laurie Finn1
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