Local residents meet to pray at Depot Park after days of unrest nationwide

A group of young men pray together in Depot Park Monday evening. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Monday evening, following a week of unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota, Dwayne Harbison, pastor of Renovation Church in West Point, led more than 40 area residents in a community prayer meeting at Cullman’s Depot Park.

Harbison told The Tribune his reason for bringing people together was “just praying.”

The pastor was a little surprised by the community response, saying, “We have prayer meeting on Monday, and I can put on Facebook, ‘Hey, we’re going to have a prayer meeting,’ and five people will show up at my church. But put this on Facebook, and it’s like everybody in the world wanted to go. 

“I went ahead and got a permit, and that’s what we’re going to do, is just pray: pray for our nation, pray for all this mess that’s going on, pray for our town, pray for these young people- there’s some great young people in Cullman.”

Harbison’s hopes for the event were simple: “Peace, Jesus, revival!”

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W.C. Mann