Henderson church receives Kentucky historical marker

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A Henderson church is now officially recognized as a historical landmark in the state of Kentucky.

“We’ve known internally we’re a part of history but now the world will know,” said First Missionary Baptist Church member Sharice Benson.

First Missionary Baptist Church sits on the corner of Washington and Elm with history dating back to 1840. It’s a place where people have celebrated, cried, laughed and cheered… 

“Many, many good times, many sad times that have gone on but through it all god has been a blessing to each of us,” said pastor Robert Esters. 

“We’ve endured through lots being established in 1840 during times of slavery when it was against the law to gather together for African Americans and blacks together to worship,” said Benson. 

The African Baptist Church was formed in 1840. In 1866 moved into the location it’s in today and changed the name to First Missionary Baptist Church. 

“It’s been a blessing we’ve been able to stay and endure and still give god the honor and praise for 179 years,” said Benson. “Anyone who will ever come here will always know what place we have in not only African American history, not only in Kentucky history but in the history of the US.”

Unveiling the marker was a proud moment for not only the congregation, but the city as well. 

“We’re very proud of the fact. We want to echo the fact that god has been good to us down through the years,” said Esters. 

“It’s a great feeling. It’s a blessing from God,” said Benson. 

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(This story was originally published on May 26, 2019)

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