Jesse Jackson

First Baptist Church builds upon storied past

First Baptist Church builds upon storied past

The First Baptist Church of Williamsburg continues making history with the return of its “Let Freedom Ring” challenge. It began in February 2016 as a month-long celebration of the church’s 240th anniversary, centering around the restoration of its Freedom Bell, which fell silent during the 1950s due to structural issues.

The challenge, which returned Feb. 1 and runs through the end of the month, encourages people to visit the church and ring the bell as a symbol of the belief in freedom and equality. It serves as one part of the church’s larger, ongoing mission.

“You can refer to it as one of the defining moments in the history of this church,” said Donald Hill, chairman of...