Local churches travel together to Alabama and Tennessee

Debbie Snapp, ECB Publishing, Inc.

Elizabeth and Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church members and their guests traveled together to Birmingham, AL. and Memphis, TN on June 13-17.
This was the eighth trip made by these two church groups in the last nine years with Astro Travel & Tours Charter Bus providing the transportation.
According to Trip Coordinator Leman Ulee, the group stayed in Birmingham for two nights and two nights in Memphis, before returning home to Monticello.
While in Birmingham, the group made visits to the 16th Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, Vulcan Park and Museum and several other lesser known attractions.
During their stay in Memphis the group visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, and the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They also visited Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, Beal Street and other sites and attractions.
Ulee reports the church 'tourists' “really enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful time.” They are looking forward to next year's trip, as they do every year. He adds that “its a beautiful thing to see members come together as one great family unit.” As a group, it allows them to visit places they wouldn't normally visit. It's an educational trip for the adults as well as kids.
“Thank you to all who participate every year,” he says. “And to the friends and other churches for joining in our efforts to make these trips enjoyable every year.”
Previous states and cities visited include Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Dallas, TX and San Antonio, TX.
The group plan to revisit Washington, D.C. and New York, NY. in 2019. If you are interested in joining with others next year, contact Ulee at (850) 274-6268.