Rev. L.H. McIntyre, retired pastor of First African Baptist Church, tells attendees at a reception Feb. 25 launching the First African Foundation about the history of the church, which traces its roots back to about 1790. The foundation hopes to buy the church's former building at the corner of Short and Deweese streets and turn it into a museum and cultural center. The building, finished in 1856, was mostly financed and built by slaves. At the time, it was Kentucky's largest church congregation, black or white.
Rev. L.H. McIntyre, retired pastor of First African Baptist Church, tells attendees at a reception Feb. 25 launching the First African Foundation about the history of the church, which traces its roots back to about 1790. The foundation hopes to buy the church's former building at the corner of Short and Deweese streets and turn it into a museum and cultural center. The building, finished in 1856, was mostly financed and built by slaves. At the time, it was Kentucky's largest church congregation, black or white. Herald-Leader
Rev. L.H. McIntyre, retired pastor of First African Baptist Church, tells attendees at a reception Feb. 25 launching the First African Foundation about the history of the church, which traces its roots back to about 1790. The foundation hopes to buy the church's former building at the corner of Short and Deweese streets and turn it into a museum and cultural center. The building, finished in 1856, was mostly financed and built by slaves. At the time, it was Kentucky's largest church congregation, black or white. Herald-Leader

Tom Eblen: Group hopes to buy, renovate historic former First African Baptist Church

February 28, 2012 1:48 PM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.