National Archives senior archivist Reginald Washington takes the viewer on his voyage of discovery, tracing the history of a claim submitted by an African-American congregation whose church was burned to the ground by Union troops under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman. Their seven-page petition — in the legislative holdings at the National Archives — is a heartfelt narrative of the church’s history and includes 234 signatures of free blacks and former slaves who were members of the congregation. The claim was presented to Congress on February 14, 1866, but the name of the church that appears in the petition is found nowhere else in the records of federal claims. Senior archivist Washington used the holdings of the National Archives to answer two questions: did the congregation receive compensation? And does the church exist today under another name?
Church moving to Congress Street
Mike Day and Lionel Parent of M & L Home Improvements, Rumford, prepare the interior of the former Family Dollar store on Congress Street for finish work to be done by members of the Praise Assembly of God Church. Read more on The Lewiston Sun Journal
Church ‘too Christian’
IMMIGRATION officials ordered a citizenship ceremony be moved from a church hall – because the venue may offend non-Christians. Read more on Queensland Times
Iraq probes church raid; says attackers disguised
BAGHDAD, Nov 2 – Iraq launched an investigation today into a church raid in which 52 hostages and police were killed, trying to find out how al Qaeda-linked gunmen managed to storm the building despite checkpoints, an official said. Sunday’s attack was the bloodiest against Iraq’s Christian minority since the 2003 US-led invasion, and drove fear … Read more on The Malaysian Insider