Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Groutville (M 12)


Groutville has a long and proud history. One of the church's sons, Chief Albert Luthuli was the first President of the African National Congress and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Luthuli, along with Gandhi, M.L. King, Jr., Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela stand as one of the greatest leaders for peace in South Africa and the world. His burial on the church grounds has been declared a National Heritage Site by the South African government.

In the green rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, a narrow railway bridge crosses the Mvoti River. It was once used by locals to access their sugar cane fields. One cloudy winter’s day in July 1967, a man was walking on it when he was fatally struck by a freight train. Anyway, that was the official story. Many people believe that he was pushed in front of the train by those who feared his ideas. His name was Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, president of the African National Congress.

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