PHOENIXVILLE, PA — A candlelight vigil will begin at Renaissance Park in Phoenixville Thursday night with a moment of silence to remember people lost to racial violence.
On Jan. 21 Diversity In Action-Phoenixville will host the live in-person monthly community “We Are” vigil in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The group will gather from 7-7:30 p.m.
The event will open in “a minute of silent contemplation as we remember our black, brown, and indigenous brothers and sisters who have lost their lives to racial violence,” said Gwynne Hagee, President of Diversity in Action-Phoenixville.
Hagee invites community members to join the vigil on the corner of Bridge and Main Streets in Phoenixville at Renaissance Park by the mural site.
“As darkness falls earlier now, we will supply battery operated candles, or you may use your cell phone flashlight as a candle,” Hagee explained.
“The intent of these monthly vigils is to sustain a peaceful public presence in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” Hagee said. The vigils have been ongoing since last July.
Wearing a mask is required and social distancing must be observed, organizers said.
Hagge said those attending can carry or wear signs in support of Black Lives Matter, and said signs will be available to purchase for $15, which includes a $3 donation to Diversity In Action-Phoenixville.
In addition to using Phoenixville Borough parking lots, alternative parking is available for a donation in the First Presbyterian Church lot at 145 Main Street, or at the Phoenixville Senior Center at 153 Church Street.
Vigil organizers advised those interested to use their own discretion in coming out in inclement weather.
Rev. Doug Hagler of First Presbyterian Church in Phoenixville may be contacted by groups or organizations interested in hosting a We Are Vigil.
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