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landford Church has a unique history as one of the region’s best known churches even though it has not housed an active congregation in generations. Built in 1735 for Colonial parishioners, the church had been abandoned by about 1806. During the Civil War it served as a field hospital during the Siege of Petersburg. But it was in the early 1900s when it was restored as a memorial to Confed-

erate soldiers. It is one of the few churches for which decorative stained-glass windows were completely executed under the direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The 15 stained-glass windows commemorate each of the 13 Confederate states, an additional window is of a cross and the other honors the group behind the effort, the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg. The Tiffany windows have been in the church now for more than 100 years. Last Please see BLANDFORD, Page 3

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year, the church marked the 100-year anniversary of the last of the Tiffany stainedglass windows that was installed. The Ladies Memorial Association dates back to 1866, Martha Atkinson, site manager, said last year. The group worked at reinterring Confederate soldiers. But the ladies wanted a more

lasting memorial to the men who had fought in defense of the city. They decided the church would become that memorial. The organization, in partnership with the city, first restored the building in the early part of the 20th century. Then plans were developed to include stainedglass windows representing each state that had been part of the Confederacy and Please see BLANDFORD, Page 4

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had defended the city. In 1904, the first of the windows was installed, including the Virginia, Missouri and Louisiana windows. Each state had to pay for its own window — a total of about $385 in the early 20th century. The contract for the Virginia window is on display at the Blandford Church and Cemetery Visitor’s Center. Louis Comfort Tiffany charged $350 for the window itself and $35 for the transportation and installation of the window. Even back then, that was a bargain, according to Pat Rowland, of the Ladies Memorial Association. Tiffany’s average rates were generally four times what he charged for the Blandford windows, Rowland said last year during the 100th anniversary celebration of the windows. “He really only charged for the materials,” Rowland said. “He was invested in this project.” One of the windows was even donated by Tiffany himself to the ladies and the church. Today the windows and the collection as a whole are priceless. “We’re one of only seven churches that has a complete set of Tiffany windows,” Atkinson said.

“This is really something wonderful we have here. This church tells a story. All these windows fit together and they tell a story.” — Pat Rowland, Ladies Memorial Assoc.

By visiting the church, you can learn the story behind each window’s design and experience the amazing artistry, harmony and proportion of Tiffany’s work. “This is really something wonderful we have here,” Rowland said. “This church tells a story. All these windows fit together and they tell a story.” Part of that story, Rowland said, is reconciliation and the reunification of the country. She said that is evident in the symbolism in the windows, such as two rivers coming together, and scripture in the jeweled cross window.

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ne of the oldest churches in Petersburg is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The church that today sits at 110 North Union St. is the most recent building and dates to 1856. But the church itself traces its roots to Bristol Parish, which was formed by statute of the General Assembly around 1642 and the first church known as “Citie Church” at Broadway on the south side of the Appomattox River in what is today Hopewell. In 1737, the third church to be built, the brick church on Wells’ Hill was built and became the first building called St. Paul’s, according to church history. That building is now known as Blandford Church. Sometime around 1805 the congregation moved to the new St. Paul’s on Courthouse Hill. In 1837 the city purchased the church

to use as the site of a courthouse, and St. Paul’s moved to a new church building near South Sycamore and Franklin streets, but a fire destroyed that church in 1854. The present church was built in 1856. A couple of the church’s more notable ties to history include the fact that during the Siege of Petersburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee worshipped at the church, and two years after the end of the war his son was married in the church. The Rev. D. Richard Greenwood III, current rector of the church, said that while church membership is nowhere near what it was in the 1950s when 400 to 500 would attend each Sunday, it has rebounded from a low point from approximately a dozen years F.M. WIGGINS/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO ago. The Rev. D. Richard Greenwood III is the current rector of Saint Paul’s Episcopal “We now have about two to three new Please see ST. PAUL’S, Page 6

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from new chruches, in other ways, they’re similar. “The challenge is still, how do you attract new people. They ask themselves ‘how do I fit in,’” Greenwood says. Having served in a new church in West End

families coming each month,” Greenwood said. He said that with an older, urban church, attracting new members can be a challenge. But, he believes that by listening to the members, already he’s seeing success. Greenwood says that in — The Rev. D. Richard Greenwood III, part that rector, St. Paul’s Church means listening to members and their ideas for outof Richmond, Greenwood is reach to the community. familiar with those kinds of Already, it’s been working, building-from-the-groundincluding an effort by at up challenges that are simileast one member of the lar to the challenges of an church to start a communiolder, historical church, ty clothes closet. seeking to build a new folWhile in some ways the lowing. challenges are different

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The chancery at St. Paul’s Church in Petersburg is not original to the building and was added sometime after the church was first built.

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MERCHANT’S HOPE

Prince George church seeks to honor past while focusing on the future FROM STAFF REPORTS

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ne of the oldest churches in the region, with a nearly continuous congregation, is Merchants Hope Church in Prince George County. It’s also one of the oldest in the country. It isn’t exactly clear when Merchant’s Hope was founded, but as a geographical area, the parish dates to 1643, according to David Earhart, a member of this Episcopalian church and its historian. The current church building is the third one for Merchant’s Hope and dates to 1743 based on dating of timbers used in its construction. Despite the historic origins of the church, it continues to thrive, says the Rev. Charles N. Moore Jr. current rector of Merchant’s Hope. The church regularly sees about 25 to 40

“This church has had a miraculous ability to stay alive.” — The Rev. Charles N. Moore Jr., rector, Merchant’s Hope Church

people filling the pews, according to Moore. That’s up from 2010 when only about 10 to 15 people would come to the weekly services. “This church has had a miraculous ability F.M. WIGGINS/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO to stay alive,” Moore says. Merchant’s Hope Church in Prince George County is one of the oldest in the state In the more than three and a half centuPlease see HOPE, Page 11

and in the country. The church building dates to the mid-1700s and the church was established in the 1650s.

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ries of the church’s existence it’s had only a handful of leaders. Usually, the church has been presided over by lay leadership within the church with a priest coming once a month. Earhart says that the church has had periods of inactivity; “We’ve been through three wars,” including the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War. “We’ve had continuous services since the church was started,” Moore says. “That’s documented in several different history books; It’s just an issue of who’s the most accurate.” The church features Colonial-style oyster shell plaster, flagstones used as ballast for the floor, and while the pews and pulpit are not the original ones, they are a

composite design from five other early Colonial churches and are made of pine that was taken from a tree near the church killed by lightning. The pews, historicallystyled wainscoting, and pews were installed in 1978, during the tenure of the Rev. Charles N. Moore Sr., the current rector’s father. “He served from 1976 to 1982,” Moore says of his father, the most recent previous priest to have served for any length of time since the Civil War. The church was only recently changed from being considered a mission church to a parish church. “Because we now have a priest here on a regular basis and are meeting our obligations,” Moore explains. Moore says that he and his wife moved back to Prince George County, Please see HOPE, Page 12

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The Rev. Charles N. Moore Jr. is the current rector of Merchant’s Hope Church in Prince George County. His father also served the church.

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where he grew up, in 2010. He says that his wife became increasingly enamored in the South. “I would only come if I had a place to serve,” Moore says and that led to discussions with the vestry of Merchant’s Hope. Serving a church with deep historical background is a blessing and a challenge, Moore says. “When you step into the church you’re suddenly stepping into a feeling of longevity and stability and a sense of peacefulness and overwhelming tradition.” But, he says the challenge is to honor the history and also to look forward to the present and the future. “It’s sometimes easy to get caught up with the history and not keep in touch with the fact that the history is the foundation and we have to move forward,” Moore says. He adds that Earhart helps to keep the focus on the foundation of the church but also is forward looking. One of the ways that the church is working to continue to grow is by working on one major outreach project each month. Additionally the church recently started a food pantry, which he says has been embraced by the congregation.

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Left: David Earhart, church member and historian for Merchant’s Hope Church in Prince George, shows off a model of the roof truss system used in the church. The current building was built in the mid-1700s and is one of the oldest established churches in the state and country.

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irst Baptist Church, located at 236 Harrison St., Petersburg, was founded in 1756 in Prince George County and organized in 1774 as First African Baptist Church. Later, the organization moved to Petersburg and a house of worship was built on Harrison Street. It is one of the first African-American Baptist congregations in the United States, and one of the oldest black churches in the nation. First Baptist also established one of the first local schools for black children in the nation. TILLMAN Its congregation was active during the 20th century civil rights movement and today it has one of, if not the largest, community outreach program in the city of Petersburg. In the beginning: In the earliest decades of the Baptist church in the Southeast, it was influenced by preachers from New England who generated the Great Awakening. The

history of First Baptist Church started with scattered black members in Prince George County worshipping as New Lights in 1756 following the Great Awakening. In 1774 some of the New Light members united under the Rev. John Michaels. Calling themselves the First African Baptist Church, they met in Lunenburg in a building on the plantation of Colonel William Byrd III. After their meetinghouse at the Byrd plantation was destroyed in a fire, in 1820 free members of the congregation moved into Petersburg, where there was a growing free black community. With the move into Petersburg, the congregation took the name of First Baptist Church, and built their first church on Harrison Street, near the location of the current church. First Baptist was the first of that denomination to be established in the city. Emphasizing education, the First Baptist congregation also created one of the earliest local schools for black children in the nation. By 1865 First Baptist had 1700 members. The Rev. Leonard A. Black, author of “The Life and Sufferings of Leonard Black, a Fugitive from Slavery,” was pastor from 1873 to 1883, during which time the congregation grew to 3,600 members. The church soon joined a state Please see FIRST, Page 14

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First Baptist Church, Harrison Street is one of the first AfricanAmerican Baptist congregations in the United States.

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convention of black Baptist churches, aided by the Consolidated American Baptist Convention, to escape the supervision of whites. This was the forerunner of the National Baptist Convention, USA. The congregation continued to grow after the war as freed men came to Petersburg from outlying areas, and its members helped the rural migrants adjust to urban life. As the congregation grew, a new house of worship was dedicated in 1863, but burned in 1866. The building standing today was constructed in 1870 in the Italianate style. Decorative iron railings enclose the balcony of the 1870 replacement church. Extensive remodeling was done in 1885. In the late 1880s the pastor, the Rev. Charles B. Gordon, also edited The Pilot (later known as The National Pilot), a paper that was said to be a mouthpiece for Baptists in Virginia. In the 20th century: Electric lighting, including the chandelier still in use in the sanctuary, was installed in 1917. The pipe organ, also still in use, was

installed in the early 20th century. Like other major black churches, First Baptist long played a role in training new leaders in education, politics and business. Its congregation was active in the civil rights movement, and the church was a place of mass meetings for demonstrations, support and voter registration. In 1980 First Baptist built an adjoining two-story education building. Today: First Baptist Church has purchased nearby lots as part of planning for its future. This church is an active leader in the downtown association of churches, with the largest community outreach program in the city. Dr. Jeremiah Tillman, a native of Jackson, Miss., was called to pastor First Baptist Church on July 26, 1999. Prior to his arrival in Petersburg, Dr. Tillman served in the military for eight years, as a command and unit chaplain captain for the Army; he was an instructor and adjunct professor, as well as a pastor at churches in South Carolina and Texas. He is married to the former Veretta Jo Wiley and the couple have two children. First Baptist’s ministries include education and scholarship programs, welfare and family counseling. Under the leadership of Dr. Tillman, the following programs, activi-

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First Baptist Church is located at 236 Harrison Street in Petersburg. ties were added: a prayer ministry, Tuesday noonday “Breaking Bread Bible Study,” quarterly family night fellowship, marriage enrichment retreat, leadership prayer breakfast, children’s church, Boy Scout/ Girl Scout programs, after school tutorial program, computer lab, First Baptist website, young adult and youth rap sessions, a

praise dance ministry, Spring Break camp. The church also now has a minister of religious education. • Sources: The Library of Virginia, located at 800 East Broad St., Richmond, the First Baptist Church, Harrison Street website, African American Historic Sites Database, and Wikipedia.

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Zion Baptist Church

225 Byrne Street, Petersburg, VA Services: Sunday - Worship Service – 11:00 a.m. Wed. Night – Awana – 6:30 p.m. Wed Night Bible Study/Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

Share in the public worship of God. Study the Word of God, witness the Good News of Jesus Christ, and maintain Christian fellowship and outreach in service and love.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that every person is important in the eyes of God and is, therefore, entitled to a better life, the liberties of citizenship, and the right to pursue happiness within the boundaries of Christian principles. It is, therefore, incumbent upon each of us to do all we can to promote brotherhood and fellowship. We believe that each member should seek to grow in the practice of Christian living, having as standards the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Christ. We believe that the church is the catalytic force for the improvement of living conditions, the upgrading of educational standards, the care, training, and development of young people, and the improvement of general social conditions. We believe that each member should seek to develop the abilities and talents that he or she has, and use them for Christian service.

The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Saturday, October 26, 2013 PI_PROGINDEX/ADVERTISING/AD_PAGES [M15] | 10/24/13

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Saturday, October 26, 2013 The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA

PI_PROGINDEX/ADVERTISING/AD_PAGES [M16] | 10/24/13

10:52 | SUPERIMPPB


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