At it's height in the 1950's, the St. James Church was the center of the community for over 700 African-American families in and around Avalon, Mississippi. For over 100 years the building was the site of countless baptisms, weddings and funerals, including those of Mississippi John Hurt and his family. Now the St James Church is in danger of being destroyed.
The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation is asking for your help in preserving this forgotten treasure of African-American history.
In 2002 The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation purchased, moved and restored John Hurt's home to inspire and educate future generations about the Blues and African-American culture. Now we have set our sites on the St. James Baptist Church.
In order to move the church the 5 miles down the narrow Mississippi backroads to the Museum grounds, the building must be cut into two pieces and reassembled at it's destination. Between the relocation and the expense of a new foundation the cost of this project will be 20,000 dollars.
We're asking that you help us shoulder this financial burden by donating what you can. Every dollar donated will move the church 16 inches further towards our goal. If we all chip in together, we can save this cherished piece of the Mississippi Delta's history from certain destruction.
If you would like to help out, simply click below to make a secure donation through PayPal.
The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you are a resident of the United States, your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.