The above feet are part of a statue in the back of the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro. They belong to Urban Francis, sculpted in bronze by Judith Shea and representing St. Francis of Assisi. In most religions, bare feet signify humility and service, traits that fit St. Francis.
Life is full of all kinds of journeys: Spiritual/physical; self-imposed and planned/unforeseen; inspirational/burdensome. As we enter African American history month, let us remember the journeys made by so many people in Greensboro. The Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes to help enslaved people find their way to freedom, began in a wooded area that is now part of Guilford College.* Local residents and devout Quakers, Levi and Vestal Coffin, were very involved in the Underground Railroad. Also, tomorrow, February 1st, is the day in 1960, when the Greensboro Four sat at the Woolworth Lunch Counter in Greensboro and refused to get up- even though the lunch counter was segregated. The bare feet remind us of the protesters in the 1960's who walked and marched and stood up for their civil rights.
If Sunday is a day of rest for you, take a little time and ponder the things you would be willing to stand up and to march for... even if it meant doing so barefoot. If you want to see his face, look, here and a full-length view, here.
FINALLY, a photo we can share on Shadow Shot Sunday!