Hundreds of people from the Anniston and Oxford area gathered together at the Oxford City Hall to pray over their communities and our Country. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The day of prayer is held every year on the first Thursday of May in hopes that people from all over America would come together to unify in prayer.
Several pastors from local churches helped rally everyone together and students from the Oxford High School Choir also participated in the day of prayer. Pastor Kent Mattox believes communities are more powerful together than they are apart.
During the National Day of Prayer Ceremony in 2017, a prayer quilt was made at city hall. Library Director Amy Henderson says this is another way for people to come together through prayer. Henderson says there are many different prayer requests on the quilt that are for our first responders locally and nationally, teachers, our military, and so many others.