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Clergy prays for unity at slave burial site in Richmond

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 20:05:06-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Clergy members of all faiths gathered at the African American burial ground in Shockoe Bottom Sunday for a time for prayer and a message on racial justice.

The clergy members from across Richmond came to the Historic Burial Ground and Lumpkin's Slave Jail Preservation Site to pray together regardless of denomination, gender or age.

Organizer Bishop Darryl Husband with Mount Olivet Church said the purpose was simple: unity and love.

"The march that our young people have been doing, when I have been there, I have been hearing them say, 'This is about love, you all," Husband said. "And actually the church is supposed to be the proponent of that first. If it doesn't come out of the church, it's not going to come out in the world."

Husband said the group believe large gatherings like Sunday's, as well as the numerous peaceful protests, will help propel the city in a positive direction.