A burned-out Negro church rebuilt by an interracial, interfai??? committee of Mississippi religious leaders was?
Side view of church
Front of church
People going into church
One of founders of church (G.W. Williams)
Pan of people in church
Rev. Davis speaks (excerpt as stated above)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: EXCERPT FROM SPEECH BY DR. DAVIS AS FOLLOWS:
"Smoke from the smouldering ruins floated like the incense of a martyred prophet. Looking at the drifting smoke, I thought: This is the smoke of burning Bibles, hymn books, playthings of little children, pulpit furniture, the sacrifice and prayers of poor people - people struggling for freedom and justice. Then I walked to a charred picnic table and laid my Bible on it. I opened it and read Isaiah 61, verses one through four. I closed my Bible and stared at the ashes while repeating the words of the prophet: 'To bind up the broken-hearted and to give beauty for ashes'.
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Background: A burned-out Negro church rebuilt by an interracial, interfai??? committee of Mississippi religious leaders was dedicated on Sunday (24 January) near Jackson Mississippi (southern USA). The fire that destroyed the church in July of 1964 was blamed on white segregationist
Nearly 400 Negroes and whites gathered in the recently rebuilt Christian Union Baptist Church for the dedication Sunday. The size of the crowd forced some of them to stand. The new brick church was almost entirely financed by an $11,000 gift from the bi-racial Committee of Concern, which includes Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergymen. The Committee has raised more than $51,000 to help rebuild three dozen other churches that were burned during last year's racial troubles in Mississippi. Dr. William P. Davis, who presided at the dedication services Sunday, said almost half the $51,000 came from residents of Mississippi. Dr. Davis began his address at the dedication by recalling how he stood in the ashes of the burned church last July.