by Jerry Hartzell
EFWM Board Member
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry hosted a Day of the Dead celebration on the afternoon of Sunday, November 4, 2018. The celebration, organized by the Farmworker Advocacy Network, featured food, music, and memorial remarks and an altar for farmworkers who died while working in agriculture. The day of the Dead, celebrated throughout Mexico, is an occasion for gathering to remember and pray for friends and family who have died.
This year’s gathering at the Ministry took place against the backdrop of the flooding from Hurricane Florence, a disaster that greatly affected farmworker families in eastern North Carolina. Farmworker families are hit hard by natural disasters because of their housing, scant financial resources, limited access to healthcare and limited support networks. The Day of the Dead celebration was an opportunity for the Ministry to continue its work of distributing food, water, clothing, bedding, and toiletries to affected farmworker families.
The celebration at the Ministry was attended by over one hundred farmworkers and advocates. Food was provided by the Farmworker Advocacy Network.