2022 Events

Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm: A Concert by Mary Rocap

Mary Rocap will perform live in concert at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm.

Mary was awarded a NC Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship for Songwriting grant year 2001/2002 and has released four CDs: “Sweet Mimosa” (2002), “Indian Summer” (2005), “Hallelujah! Amen.” (2007), and “Deep December Dreams” (2011).

Her songs find inspiration from two main sources. The first is the natural world and our place within it; the sea and stars are prominent features of her landscape. The other is her attempt to walk in faith, acknowledging that doubt is never far behind. In addition to pursuing music, she is a quilter, baker, bookkeeper, and chronicler of her backyard flock of chickens.

Tickets are $10 and are available from the church office (919-732-9308; welcome@stmatthewshillsborough.org) and also at the door. All tickets include your choice of a complimentary Mary Rocap CD as well. Light reception to follow.



Mike Wiley’s DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till

March 5 – 20, 2022 | Online Streaming and In-Person Community Discussion

In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching.

Click here to view the DAR HE trailer

St. Matthew’s hosted streaming access to Mike Wiley’s DAR HE: The Story of Emmett Till from March 5 – March 19 followed by a community discussion.

Mike Wiley is currently named the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ Artist in Residence.

On March 29, 2022, after 200 failed attempts, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act was signed into law by President Biden which now makes lynching a federal hate crime.

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