Atlanta Buckhead -
New Hope AME Church Receives People Fleeing Hurricane
Reverend Richards, newly arrived in June 2017, received an urgent call from a colleague in Savannah. A group of about two dozen people from Savannah were fleing Hurricane Irma. The church immediately opened its doors to offer shelter to the people arriving from Savannah.
Once the news of the arrivals spread in the neighborhood, many neighbors along the street emailed each other and, in true Atlanta spirit, food donations began arriving into the church kitchen.
A hot Fried Chicken dinner, complete with Mac and Cheese, Sweet Potatoes and Hawaiian rolls was provided by some neighbors to help the guests enjoy their Saturday evening.
The New Hope AME Church started in the 19th century. According to the Church History, the "late Mr. James "Whispering" Smith, a white resident of the Buckhead community, decided to give two acres of land to be used for a church and school for 'Negroes'.'The will was dated on May 29, 1872. [ ... ] Eight days after affixing his signature to his last will and testament, Mr. James Smith passed away."
The land which James Smith gave to New Hope was the site of the first New Hope Camp Meeting. Many years passed before the congregation was able to build its first structure. A complete history of the New Hope AME church appears on the church's website - a full and fascinating details that paint a vibrant picture of the community history.
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