The Rich History of Richmond, Virginia’s Oldest Black Church

Around the age of 10, Delores Terry Henderson visited First African Baptist Church and hasn’t left since.

“I’ve been a member for 70 years,” Henderson said. “During that time the balconies, that’s where the black people had to sit. They say that people were getting so happy in the balcony till their hats fell down on the floor. So that’s when things began to change.”

Back in 1841, the original church, First Baptist Church decided to part ways with some of its members. An unusual mix of slave owners, slaves, white and free black members.

“Just such rich history, it humbles you yet excites you,” said the church’s senior pastor, Dr. Rodney Waller.

The bold move for its members to create their own church during that time, paved the way for future generations to inspire and even change the world.

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Source: WTVR

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