Born again or Barn again? You decide.
I do believe that this building is now “Barn Again”.
So sad… Looks like it was an old church building, and someone covered the poor thing in ugly vinyl
This was the previous location of Mount Vernon Baptist Church (the congregation now has the expanded name of Mount Vernon Community Missionary Baptist Church), which is now located at 709 N. Belmont Street. This was the church where Rev. Mozel Sanders got his start in the ’50s.
Mozel, as I’m sure you know, was the founder of the annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner that now feeds thousands every T-Day. The tradition started out feeding a small group of folks the first year, which if I remember right was 1974. I went there with the late Jim Kohls, who was at that time Deputy Director of Community Action Against Poverty.
This building has been there since the 1920s, if not earlier. I’m certain it didn’t look like this originally. The quiet little street in Haughville is otherwise residential, so I imagine in the beginning the building was a quaint little chapel with white clapboard siding. I’ll bet Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church has a photo of it in their archives, from when they owned it.
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