Founded in Williamsburg in 1776, the First Baptist Church is one of the country's oldest African-American houses of worship and a symbol of the faith, struggle, and perseverance that marks the black experience in America.
The church acquired a bell in the late 19th century. This bell has remained silent throughout the tumult and struggle for civil rights, silent in the presence of famed worshipers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Rosa Parks, and silent in the wake of current events that signal our journey toward freedom and equality is not yet finished.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which played a key role in building the church at its current site, has pledged to restore the bell to working condition and, along with First Baptist, to challenge the nation to ring the bell for freedom throughout the day, every day, for Black History Month.
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