Travelers Rest residents of all races and backgrounds are invited to join the upcoming “Unity in The Community” event on Saturday, July 11 beginning at noon. The nearly 2-mile walk will start from Trailblazer Park to Mountainview Memorial Park.
According to the organizer Patsy Hunt they want to highlight Travelers Rest as an example of a community where diverse people can work together. She also added that the event was organized to combat racial division and encourage “inclusion, diversity, and equality”.
“The idea came after watching all of the news about racial unrest and negativity in our country,” Hunt said.
Hunt moved to Travelers Rest in 1988 after she got married and made friends with residents of all races and backgrounds. Hunts felt inspired to have her experience living in a diverse community be known.
Phillip Smith, a life-long Travelers Rest resident who went to high school with Hunt’s son is also helping to organize the event.
More than 200 people are expected to participate in the event. Some people are worried that hate and negativity are going to come out of the event.
On Monday Travelers Rest Police Chief Benjamin Ford said that their plan to keep everyone safe during the walk includes having 14 or 15 officers, including reserves, and assistance from the fire department. He added that he will also advise the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office about the event so they’ll be on standby should anything happen.
For additional information about the vent, visit the Facebook event page here.