ATLANTA, Georgia — The 19th-century Latter-day Saint migration was one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of the United States’ great western migration. From that pioneer period comes a story of this quiet African American woman of faith — Jane Manning James.
Jane was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the year 1842.
In an effort to follow the prophet Joseph Smith’s call to gather to Nauvoo, Illinois, to escape religious persecution, Jane and her companions traveled by foot the distance of more than 800 miles. They walked from Wilton, Connecticut, until their shoes were worn out.
Jane noted that their feet became sore, cracked open and bled “until you could see the whole print of our feet with blood on the ground. We stopped and united in prayer … asked God the Eternal Father to heal our feet. Our prayers were answered and our feet were healed forthwith.”
A local art collector commissioned master artist, Connie Lynn Reilly to illustrate this woman’s great faith.
The painting will be unveiled and a reception will follow on Saturday, November 17, at 8:30 PM at the Sugar Hill Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 4833 Suwanee Dam Road in Suwanee, Georgia. All are invited.
Fine art prints of the painting will be displayed in Latter-day Saint buildings in Suwannee, Gainesville, Dahlonega, Alpharetta and Atlanta.
Connie Lynn Reilly is an award-winning master artist and instructor for over 30 years. She is a native Atlanta artist. Her portraits are exhibited publicly and privately in the Metro-Altanta area, nationally (USA) and internationally. Her international clients include Her Highness Shaikha Benna of Bahrain.