About 500 people and descendants came to Nauvoo to honor their ancestors, and walk with us. Classes were diverse, and involved many nonmembers too from this community. They were held in the Community of Christ building or officially, “The Joseph Smith Historic Sites” visitors center.
The tags I'm wearing are the names of my ancestors who lived in Nauvoo and had to leave. Mary Fielding. Martha Ann, her daughter with Hyrum, my dad's grandma and Mary E. Cox, wife of Edwin Whiting. Dad walked for their husbands.
...then the walkers carrying flags from the countries that represented our ancestors...
...then the carriages and freight wagons, all lined up in the rear. We walked about a mile down Main to the end of Parley Street at the Mississippi River. This part at Parley Street is also called the “Trail of Hope.”
Many descendants of these pioneers came from all over to celebrate this event. We walk "In memory of" one of those ancestors. I walked in the name of Mary Elizabeth Cox Whiting, who was the mother of my great grandfather, Edwin Marion Whiting. (We have a reunion every 2 years in honor of him and his wife, Anna Mariah. I just learned that Mary Elizabeth was baptized here in the Mississippi River, and sealed as the third wife to Edwin Whiting on January 26, 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple. I could have walked for Martha Ann Smith, but others here are descendants of her, and she was such a small girl when she left, she doesn’t have many memories of it.) Harry will walk for her husband, Edwin Whiting.
Looking out our door on our driveway! COLD!!!