June 21, 2018, Hemingway, SC-
I did accomplish a goal of three years’ running: A simple dinner with a young woman who is like a daughter to me. C and I met up at Jenna’s Cafe, Virginia Beach, after I negotiated a busy, but peaceful causeway from Williamsburg to V.B., via Norfolk.
After a couple hours of encouragement from me, it was time for her to head back home and prepare for another day’s work. She has the wherewithal to go far in her field, and to continue doing a fine job with her children.
I found a reasonable motel in Newport News and rested well, preparing for a southward journey. My next goal would be Louis Gregory Baha’i Institute, Hemingway. The center is used for spiritual education and gatherings. It is named for an early African-American Baha’i, who was a prominent attorney. He chose to move to the South, in the midst of the Jim Crow era, and whilst abiding by the laws of the time, he worked behind the scenes to gradually ease the discrimination, which hobbled oppressed and oppressor, alike.
On this summer solstice, I chose to bypass Richmond, and drove a straight shot through North Carolina, to which I will return, next week. A leisurely drive into South Carolina’s pine woods brought me to LGBI,
just in time to meet the caretaker, before he closed up for the night.G generously gave me accommodations for the night, for which I offered a nominal contribution, this being a place that operates on a shoestring budget. LGBI was established in 1972, to assist the large number of people in northeastern South Carolina, who had shown interest in the Baha’i Faith.
Here are some scenes from around the small campus. The first three are from the Main Hall. The patchwork quilt was made by junior youth, ages 11-14.
Mr. Gregory is shown below, with his English-born wife, Louisa. Theirs was one of the first interracial marriages performed legally in the United States.
After settling into my night’s lodging, I made a visit to downtown Hemingway, for dinner, finding the lovely and welcoming Fish Net Seafood Market.
Across the street from LGBI is a Baha’i- affiliated radio station, named-what else: WLGI!
I find my accommodations for the night quite refreshing, and another unfinished goal from 2007 is realized.
NEXT: Return to Greenville