Civil Rights Bus Trip

James Taylor Justice Coalition (JTJC) of Sumner Hall and Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc. are co-sponsoring a community bus tour to significant Civil Rights sites in Alabama and Georgia. Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc. co-founders and board members had planned a tour of the area three years ago that was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The tour is a fitting partnership since members of Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc. are also members of the James Taylor Justice Coalition (JTJC).

The tour will include visits to the Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and A.G. Gaston Hotel in Birmingham; the Edmund Pettus Bridge and National Voting Rights Museum in Selma; the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery; and the King Center in Atlanta.

The group will also deliver soil – collected May 14, 2022, from the site of the 1892 Chestertown lynching of James Taylor – to the Legacy Museum where it will be on permanent display. The Soil Collection Celebration, part of an Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)’s Community Remembrance Project, will be featured on Justice Day 2022. James Taylor was one of 38 lynching victims in Maryland and one of 6,500 documented lynching victims in the United States.

Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc.’s mission is to transform the lives of youth, families and communities through education, resource development and community engagement. Sumner Hall’s JTJC is dedicated to the mission of educating our community about the injustice of James Taylor’s 1892 lynching and to make the connection between the racial terror lynchings of the past and convict leasing, peonage, mass incarceration, incidents of police brutality and discrimination of today.

The 2022 Civil Rights Bus Tour advances the missions of both Sumner Hall and Minary’s Dream Alliance by providing local youth and adults with a powerful educational and emotional experience linking our local history of racial terror with our nation’s struggle. Equipped with a richer understanding of history, tour members will be able to act more effectively when addressing racial and social justice issues at home.

Questions? Contact Sumner Hall by phone (443-282-0023) or email ( or be in touch with Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc. by phone (443-480-0710) or email (


Download and complete the registration form and email to or printout and mail to: Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Photographs, audiotape and videotapes will be made to document for public use and a documentary film will be made of this trip. The Release Form is part of the registration process.


The cost of this trip for an adult is $800, payable in full or in up to 4 installments.  The cost of the trip includes a round-trip bus ticket, all entrance fees to the sites and hotel accommodations. The price of the trip is based on double occupancy – two $800-paying adults housed in one room that has 2 queen-sized beds. Two adults wishing to share a room should note that on the registration form. (The cost of a child accompanying an $800-paying adult staying in the same room is $235. Although there may be a sofa or rollaway cot available in the room, we cannot guarantee that in every case; the accompanying child may need to sleep with his/her adult companion in a queen-sized bed. The trip coordinator will assign roommates if no preference is noted. Hotels provide breakfasts for all guests, adults and children alike; other meals and personal expenses are not included. Meal stops are planned at restaurants with menus to accommodate a wide variety of dietary preferences.  

Use the online payment options below to pay in full or in installments or by mail: Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen Street, Chestertown, MD 21620. Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to Sumner Hall with Bus Trip noted on the check or in a note accompanying the payment.


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  • At time of registration
  • 1st Installment – May 15
  • 2nd Installment – June 15
  • 3rd Installment – July 15

Sumner Hall and Minary’s Dream Alliance is committed to offering 30 full scholarships for young people who will be participating in this unique educational trip.  The full cost of each scholarship is $925.  In addition to the basic $800 per person cost, each scholarship recipient will receive $125 in spending money that can be used for out-of-pocket costs including most meals during the trip.  Our Goal:  $27,750.  We welcome any contribution to this fund.

To nominate a young person, age 6 – 18 – for a scholarship, please contact Doncella Wilson by email ( or text (443-929-0652).