NewsHistoric Church Receives $150K Restoration Grant

Historic Church Receives $150K Restoration Grant

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Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Natchez, Mississippi, is receiving a large grant that will help restore its historic setting. 

“Beulah has been a beacon in our community for many years, and now we can continue to let our light shine by preserving this great historic establishment.”

“Most of the meetings were held right here when they planned and put strategies together on how they were going to fight for civil rights and stand up against white supremacists,” Barnes said.

“This church stood up against the violence, and the people of this church stood up, and they spoke up, and they marched in spite of the threats.”

They got their chance in 1965 when the President of the Adams County Chapter of the NAACP, George Metcalfe, was almost killed when his car was bombed. Protests erupted in the streets, regardless of police orders restricting people from marching or setting up at Beulah, due to a set curfew. People continued to gather, as hundreds were arrested and taken to prison. “When the people look back and see those people, they see courage in the midst of fire,” Barnes said. 

“They see strength, they see grace, they see determination and persistence. They see, ‘Hey, these are our people, so it should instill a sense of pride.’”

“The years have taken its toll, not only on the building but also on the congregation,” he said. “Getting this blessing in the form of a grant was from Almighty God.”

Grant funds are supposed to be distributed in a few weeks, with repairs beginning in a few months.

Source: Black Enterprise

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