American Jonathan Daniels Modern Day Martyr

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American - JONATHAN DANIELS - Modern Day Martyr

Date: 7th April 2017

During my Sunday Cathedral duty a few weeks ago, an American Pastor asked me if I knew of any mention of Jonathan Daniels - a Modern Day Martyr who gave his life to save that of a young Black Woman.

The Chapel at the East End of the Cathedral near the Trinity Chapel is called the Chapel of the Saints and Martyrs and there is a book on either side detailing the Modern Day Martyrs with a brief history.

I took the gentleman to the Chapel and sure enough there was an entry for Jonathan Daniels who died in 1965.

The Pastor thought that some of the details were incorrect as he believed that Daniels was shot by a shopkeeper and not the Deputy Sheriff as stated in the book.  In fact the Deputy Sheriff was also a storekeeper.  You can read the full story on the Internet but in brief Daniels had been helping the Campaign for Civil Rights in Alabama.  Along with a Catholic Priest and a young black woman, Daniels was held in Jail but on release far from anywhere they needed transport.  They approached an isolated store - the storekeeper aimed his gun at the Black Woman whom Daniels pushed out of the way and took the shot himself.

So Jonatha Daniels is honoured and remembered in our Cathedral.

American - JONATHAN DANIELS - Modern Day Martyr

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