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The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Interfaith Prayer Service: Remembrance, Reflection and Reconciliation program

Single page program, printed front and back. Front includes decorative blue waves with image of dove and the word "peace" below. Program lists order of speakers and includes the names of the victims. Back contains the lyrics to "A Song for Healing" by Gwendolyn A. Mitchell.

Historical Notes

"Interfaith Prayer Service: Remembrance, Reflection and Reconciliation" was a vigil held at the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church on October 31, 2018, in response to the October 27 attack. The vigil was sponsored by the East End Fellowship and Homewood Community Ministries and included contributions from several predominately Black churches in the East End of Pittsburgh, as well as representatives of the Jewish community and elected officials. It was hosted by Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Darryl Canady and featured prayers and songs from Pastor William Glaze of Bethany Baptist Church, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman of New Light Congregation, singer Sara Stock Mayo, Pastor Hubert D. Hutcherson of Shiloh Community Baptist Church, Pastor William H. Curtis of Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Pastor Torrey O. Johnson of Historic Holy Cross Episcopal Church, the Rodman Street Choir, Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman Ricky Burgess. For several years prior to the attack, New Light Congregation and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church had arranged several interfaith activities between their congregants.

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