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Mandela Tribute and Tour of Shaffer Chapel

Contributed by: Julie Eiser
Published: Friday, 14 February 2014 1:00 PM

Tour of Shaffer Chapel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In 1930 two black teens, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were lynched on the grounds of the Grant County Courthouse in Marion, Ind. in the last recorded lynching in a northern state. When the KKK would not allow anyone in Grant County to remove their bodies, courageous members of Shaffer Chapel infiltrated Marion, retrieved the boys and brought them back to the chapel to ensure a proper burial. ( )

Remembering our past and continuing our work toward reconciliation remains important and relevant today. At Ball State we seek a welcoming community that embraces diversity and rejects racism in all its forms, such as a racially charged drawing that appeared on a digital board on campus days before the Martin Luther King holiday.

Students are invited to join us for a tour of Shaffer Chapel located at 1501 East Highland Avenue. The trolley will depart the BSU Multicultural Center at 2:30 p.m., and the tour, directed by Dr. George Wolfe, will begin at 3:00 p.m. A panel presentation facilitated by student, faculty, and community members will take place immediately following the tour. Please contact the Multicultural Center at: or 765-285-1344 to register for the tour by February 17th.

2: 30 Bus departs for Shaffer Chapel from the Multicultural Center

3:00 Tour of Shaffer Chapel, narrated by Dr. George Wolfe

3:15 Panel presentation at Shaffer Chapel: The history of Shaffer Chapel and its Relevance Today. Panel presenters: Beth Messner, Jay Zimmerman, Cameron Ridle, and Pastor Christopher Randolph.

We also invite the public to attend A Tribute to Nelson Mandela at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on February 25th. This will be a celebration of reconciliation as we honor Nelson Mandela. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.