African-American historian John Ashworth will lead a citywide interfaith prayer service May 21st at the site where Persons was murdered, nearly 100 years to the date it occurred. Newspapers in 1917 created a spectacle of Persons' death for days leading to it, gathering thousands of people to what is now Summer and the Wolf River. After he was set afire, Persons was decapitated and taken to Beale Street, and his head was hurled at a group of black pedestrians.
We hope you can join us from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Caritas Village, 2907 Harvard for a hour to meet and be in conversation with John. It will help our planning if you will contact us with your attendance plans.