Friday the walk had its rest day at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Dorchester.
The Louis D. Brown Institute was founded after Tina Cherry lost her son to violence. She wanted to create a place of peace and healing so that families dealing with homicide – victims and perpetrators, could come together. It was a beautiful rest day and the group was joined by long time walker Neelia Sargent, and Western activist George Esworthy.
A big thank you also to Jane, Phoebe and Sam who hosted some of the walkers!
The walk left the Louis D. Brown Institute for the Bourne Bridge where they met up with some Wampanoag friends in the area. Troy, Sonia, Mother Bear, Hazel, & Kim were among the group who came out to walk for the morning onto the Cape.
Troy led the group in a prayer, and the walk set off across the Bourne Bridge.
Reception was generally supportive – one man even stopped his truck on the bridge to ask for a brochure.
After the Bridge the walk continued on for another 6 miles where they stopped for lunch at the Cataumet United Methodist Church.
While the walk was coming over the bridge some walkers drove ahead the support vehicle and the cars to drop them at the 6 mile mark where the group was to stop for lunch.
Exactly 6 miles ahead was the Cataumet United Methodist Church.
The drivers knocked on the door of the home next to the church, hoping for a bathroom stop.
The home belonged to Pastor Tim Atwater and his family, who welcomed us in immediately, offering hot water, coffee and food to the group.
Special thanks to Pastor Tim and the generosity of his family who gave the walk a beautiful space to rest and have lunch.
Wampanoag Winter Social
After lunch the group drove to Plimoth Plantation for the Wampanoag Winter Social. This year the group was celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Wampanoag program at Plymouth Plantation.
After music and food Charmaine spoke about the work of Defenders and her speaking tour with the Peace Walk, and offered gifts of tobacco, buffalo & traditional Sioux earrings to Mother Bear.
Wampanoag dancer, drummer, and member of the group Eastern Suns, Annawon Weeden led a snake dance in honor of Charmaine’s visit.
From the social the walk continued on to the West Falmouth Friends Meeting.