Effort underway to save Gullah-Geechee church in Brunswick County

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The oldest AME church building in Southeastern NC, Reaves Chapel near Navassa has been abandoned for many years. (Photo: NC Coastal Land Trust)

NAVASSA, N.C. (AP) — A group that conserves land in coastal North Carolina is working with residents to save a landmark that’s part of the Gullah-Geechee heritage.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the N.C. Coastal Land Trust is trying to save Reaves Chapel in Navassa in Brunswick County, an AME church that dates back to the 1880s.

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The land trust paid for a tarp over the chapel’s roof. It’s also helping the Cedar Hill-West Bank Heritage Foundation acquire the title to the now-abandoned church and renovate it.

Descendants of enslaved people known as Gullah, or Geechee in Georgia, live in small island communities scattered over 425 miles of coast, from North Carolina to Florida. Their ancestors worked on plantations until freed by the Civil War.

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