Some congressional leaders made a three day Civil Rights Pilgrimage last weekend in order to explore the role of faith and civil rights history in South Carolina.
The pilgrimage, put on by the Faith and Politics Institute, is celebrating 25 years of work, highlighting a different state every year. South Carolina was chosen this year following the Emanuel A-M-E incident last year.
"What happened in this state can be a lesson for the whole nation," says Georgia Congressman John Lewis. "And what happened in Charleston can teach not just our nation but our whole world a lesson."
The trip featured 200 students and local leaders as well as 14 members of congress, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
"There is so much about South Carolina's civil rights history that really has never been told," says South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn. "The fact of the matter is the first time John Lewis was ever physically beaten was during the freedom rides here in Rock Hill, South Carolina."
The Pilgrimage started in Columbia, toured Orangeburg on Saturday, and ended at Charleston on Sunday morning.