St. Peter Baptist Church celebrates 200th anniversary

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This weekend marked a big celebration for the congregation of Pascagoula’s St. Peter Baptist Church as they celebrated its 200th anniversary.

Church members, local officials, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History were on hand for the unveiling of a new state historical marker in front of the church on Saturday.

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The marker recognizes St. Peter’s history and status as the oldest continuously operating African-American church in the state since its founding in 1819.

Pastor William H. Marshall says the placement of the marker is a big honor. “When we have the whole state of Mississippi to recognize us and recognize our history and not only to just recognize by paper and deeds, but they were present at our program. We do thank God again for bringing us together.”

Church members also placed a time capsule filled with letters and artifacts next to the marker. The capsule is set to be reopened in 20 years.

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