5.08.07: Our Last Day in York, AL

Weather: Cool, sunny blue sky, high 70s

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Today is our last day here in York. We packed up our trusty vehicle and sent it on its way back to California.

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We transformed our traveling billboard into a slogan signboard as a gift for the town.

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We transformed our traveling billboard into a slogan signboard as a gift for the town.

We sent the following letter to community-based organizations based in York:

May 7, 2007

Dear Community Member,

Have you seen two people riding a big yellow bicycle around York? Since mid-April, the CAlabama Peddlers (Sue Mark + Bruce Douglas) have been riding around York talking to people about their lives here. Folks have shared stories about York’s history, the railroad, social life, environmental and political concerns, and of course, their yearnings for the city’s future. Even though many people are worried about York’s current downward turn, everyone expresses a deep love for the place they call home. And we are honored that everyone has so warmly welcomed us in this community.

Over the past month, we have ridden on nearly all of York’s city streets and close to 200 miles in Sumter County displaying various slogans that have emerged from our conversations with young and old, black and white. From these stories, we have created and displayed the following slogans:

  • We Come to York, Alabama
  • The Place You Always Knew, York AL
  • Come Home to York, Alabama
  • The Once & Future York
  • Switchin’ Tracks in York

Our hope is that the slogans, which express many of the beliefs that were shared with us, can benefit the York community in an ongoing public format. We are sending you this information so that you can put these slogans into circulation. We are curious to know what you may decide to do. If you would, please let us know what happens with the slogans by regular post (above address) or email (marksearch@sbcglobal.net).

Thank you so much for making us feel at home in York.

Best regards,

Sue Mark + Bruce Douglas

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