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Project seeks to preserve African American ‘Sacred Spaces’

The Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society will hold a virtual meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The meeting will feature a talk by the Rev. Dr. J. Elisha Burke titled “Sacred Spaces: Preservation of African American Churches, Cemeteries, Historic Structures, Associated Land and Landmarks.”

Sacred Spaces is an initiative of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, said a press release. Organized in 1899 and headquartered in Richmond, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia is a state-wide organization with a membership of 1,075 African-American churches and 29 associations.

The Sacred Spaces project will document and archive the history of  BGCVA, its associations and individual churches, and their contributions to their communities as well to other significant occurrences (education, desegregation, civil rights, etc.)  The project will create a digital archive for historical documents, oral histories, books and media documenting 120-plus years of...

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