Day Three

Hello! I hope that you have had a great day today! Our group had a lot of fun visiting various places throughout the day, with Bishop Rickel joining us at our second stop. The first place we visited this morning was Lucie’s Place, an LGBTQ safe haven in Little Rock, Arkansas that helps homeless young adults (ages 18-25) get back on their feet and eventually find housing. We were able to speak with the founder of Lucie’s Place, Penelope, and learn about their goals for the future. Penelope hopes to purchase a house so that homeless LGBTQ young adults/youth have a temporary place to stay in emergencies. In addition, they hope to develop some type of permanent housing and hire more staff (such as lawyers to help with possible legal issues) in the future. Next, we drove to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, where we were able to look at an exhibit that focused on integration (specifically in Little Rock) and also see a temporary exhibit from the Smithsonian that focused on (the history of) Pacific Islanders. Our group had the opportunity to speak with public historian Johanna Miller-Lewis about Japanese Americans (in Little Rock) during WWII. I personally do not know much about this topic, so it was really great to learn some basic background information from a notable historian. Afterwards, we took a quick tour through Central High School, making sure to take lots of pictures by the front steps. We then drove to Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. The architecture and gardens there were very beautiful, and I especially enjoyed looking at the stained glass in the sanctuary. We also visited the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, and walked through the multi-media exhibit there. It was fascinating to learn about how the Mosaic Templars of America, an African American Fraternal Organization, was able to help so many people during a time where there were not many successful businesses owned by African Americans. After we had a chance to tour the exhibit, we were driven down to the River Market in Little Rock, where Bishop Rickel graciously paid for our dinner at Flying Fish. Lastly, we traveled to the Arkansas House of Prayer at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, where we held our nightly reflection. Tonight, the group and I are still staying at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. I am very excited for tomorrow, and can’t wait to tell you more about my trip. Goodnight! -Maria Gonzalez

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