Church seeks to preserve its 130-year African-American history

A small church founded by former slaves in the late 1800s is preparing to save its unique history as part of Buckhead’s African-American life during a renovation of the sanctuary building and cemetery.

New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church was first established in 1889 and has been in its current building since 1936. It’s preparing to celebrate its 130th anniversary next year.

Pastor David Richards stands outside of New Hope AME Church. (Evelyn Andrews)

The Buckhead Heritage Society is partnering with the project due to the church’s significance as one of the last remaining buildings that marks the African-American history of the area.

“It really is all that is left of a very active African-American community in that area,” said Tamara Bazzle, the Buckhead Heritage…

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