Churches: Beauty for Ashes

Heavy rain had fallen during the night, but Sunday dawned crisp and clear for the dedication of the new brick Christian Union Baptist Church on the outskirts of Jackson, Miss. Nearly 400 people were on hand for the ceremony, which was a landmark in the religious history of the South. Christian Union, a Negro church set afire by white extremists last July, was rebuilt with the help of an interracial group of Mississippians who call themselves the Committee of Concern.

Chairman is Dr. William P. Davis, white president of the state's Baptist seminary for Negroes. Visiting Christian Union, he thought,...

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