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The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing:
A Ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta and the Episcopal Church

A Welcome from Bishop Robert Wright

Our Mission is to provide tools and experiences that allow faith communities – and the larger community of individuals – to engage in dismantling racism through education, prayer, dialogue, pilgrimage, and spiritual formation.

Statement of Solidarity

The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing acknowledges and pays respect to past and present tribal members of the Indigenous nations who were forcibly expelled from the lands Georgia now occupies: the Muscogee (Creek) and the Ani’yun’wiya (Cherokee). Standing in solidarity with all who are oppressed, we deplore the hatred and violence shown historically and in the present to Indigenous people, African Americans, African Caribbeans, Asian and Asian Americans, LatinX, Pacific Islanders, and all other oppressed persons. We will continually seek to dismantle the racism that threatens us all as human beings.


Our virtual library is replete with resources to educate, inspire, and prepare you to advance racial healing. We have a high regard for each group listed and their particular strengths. Therefore, our tools and resources are organized in a manner to affirm, honor, and take care not to dilute their individual cultural distinctiveness and diversity.

Our Virtual Resource Center

Who Lived Here? Where Did They Go?

Who Lived Here? Where Did They Go? Remembering Vanished Neighborhoods and Their Historical Heart Beat 

Dr. Georgianne Thomas, Bishop Barbara Harris Justice Project Fellow 

Foreward: Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing 

Welcome to the "Who Lived Here? Where Did They Go?" documentary series, where we delve into the stories of vibrant African-American communities that were uprooted in the pursuit of progress.

Join us as we engage with strong voices of Atlanta's history, Donzellar Lawson Farrow and Reverend Jerome Banks. WHO LIVED HERE? LIGHTNING was a neighborhood just west of Downtown Atlanta, Georgia, boarded by Magnolia Street, Simpson Street (now Joseph E. Boone Blvd.), and Northside Drive (US 41). It was one of Atlanta’s earliest communities. Located just west of downtown Atlanta, it was home to a Black working-class community. Although loved by its residents, the area was considered a slum area with houses and streets in bad condition. This community was one of the last neighborhoods to get paved roads and electricity. Sources say, the origins of Lightning’s name, is from an old nickname for moonshine, to the speed at which residents could draw a knife in a fight.

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The Work of the Church

Witness and be inspired about the healing work happening across the nation in the Episcopal Church. 

Take a moment to submit the racial healing work in your parish and diocese.

Get to Know More About Us

Learn more about the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, its work, and legacy.

Learn more about the dream team that makes all of this hard work look easy.


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