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Morrilton Church Once A Place For Freed Slaves Faces Repair Issues

Members fear closure if repairs are not made soon enough.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Members at Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Morrilton want to save their place of worship, that once served as a place for freed slaves.

"If we don't know where we came from, how do we know where we are going," said member Perry W. Brown.

They want to preserve the structure to tell future generations it was once a place for freed slaves in 1876.

"It's important to maintain the integrity of the church so that our children will know where we came from," said member Charlotte Kindle.

Even though the music still fills the sanctuary walls, the 138-year-old church struggles to stay open.

Repairs are needed throughout the building, totaling $10,000.

"We need to repair the plaster that keeps messing up because the water comes through there," said Kindle.

But if the repairs are not made, members fear what could happen.

"You can't have it both ways, either you maintain the building or you let it go," said Brown.

For those who would like to give, mail donations to the church at PO Box 543, Morrilton, AR 72110.
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