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First Baptist Church celebrates "Let Freedom Ring Challenge"

First Baptist Church celebrates "Let Freedom Ring Challenge"

Dennis Gardner helped his sister, Audrey along the cobblestone path leading to First Baptist Church. His wife, Jackie, walked in front of them, heading for the “Let Freedom Ring” celebration at the historic house of worship.

“This is a grand celebration here at the church and for the local people of Williamsburg,” Jackie Gardner said, pointing to the church founded by slaves. “These celebrations are the beginning of a dialog about race in this country. It’s an exciting time.”

Monday’s service was a celebration of the first day of Black History Month, as the church commemorated the restoration of its Freedom Bell,...

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