Oldest African American Church celebrates its 200th anniversary | Stafford

All they have is five names, a pastor and a date—May 16, 1818—as the official record begun 200 years ago this month of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Stafford County’s oldest African–American congregation, which continues to thrive today.

Celebrating the courage of those who started the church and kept it going for two centuries, its current leaders have planned several commemoration events next weekend.

Events will include a memorial service Friday at the church at 395 Mount Olive Road, a black-tie gala on May 19 at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House and Conference Center and a special Sunday worship service at the church May 20 at 11 a.m.

“We’re all very excited about…

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