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When: Monday, June 19, 2023. starting at Noon. (Bus leaves Kansas City at 9 a.m.).
Where: Park Central Square, Springfield, Missouri.
For: All.

On Monday, June 19, the Diversity and Reconciliation Commission of The Diocese of West Missouri invites anyone able to embark upon a pilgrimage to Park Central Square, Springfield, Missouri, the site of the April 1906 lynching of three African American men, Fred Coker, Horace Duncan, and William Allen.

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bus from Kansas City to Springfield

The assist people in the Kansas City Metro area join this pilgrimage, a private bus will leave St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 2732 Benton Blvd. Kansas City, MO at 9 a.m., returning around 6 p.m.

Places on the bus are limited, please register early

Please note anyone registered for the bus is automatically registered for lunch. You do not need to register for both.

Traveling by car

If you are planning on traveling by car, free parking is located to the north of Park Central Square. If you have a GPS, the following address will get you to the parking lots.

Parking, across the street from: 222 Park Central N, Springfield, MO 65806

Noon – 1 p.m. Park Central Square

There will be a program of speaches and the reading of a litany written by The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of Missouri.

Confirmed speakers

  • Ken McClure, Mayor of Springfield,
  • Kai Sutton, President of the NAACP Springfield Chapter
  • The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, Bishop Provisional of West Missouri
  • Abram McGull, City Council Representative
  • Dr. Lyle Foster
  • Pastor Tracey Wolff, Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Lunch and Discussion At Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield

Space at Chirst Church is limited, please register early to ensure your place.
Note: You do not need to register for lunch if you have registered to travel on the bus from Kansas City.

Please consider an optional donation towards the cost of lunch (the suggested amount is $10) to be made on the day.

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Travel from Springfield to Kansas City

Bus returns to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

Learn More

Learn more about these lynchings at the A History of Racial Injustice website.


Please download and share this flyer for the pilgrimage.


St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

Springfield Parking

Park Central Square

Christ Episcopal Church

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    • 05-19-2023. The ‘When date’ in the head of the article was incorectly shown as June 20. It is now correct. All other dates shown were correct.
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