Today while Al Terrell was on site at Ebenezer AME on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, a couple of things that are so delightful occurred. People came to visit.
Not people with family buried there, but just people coming to visit Ebenezer and East Whiteland’s amazing history!
First, a family stopped by Ebenezer to take pictures this afternoon and spoke with Al Terrell . Unbelievable. Their Girl Scout Troop wants to volunteer to help. Al is getting their information.
Then a woman and her daughter stopped by to take photos. Al said the lady was a photographer.
Can I just say how awesome it is?
After a few years feeling like the voice in the proverbial wilderness, all these people are taking an interest.
God is good. Don’t know what else to say ❤️ My heart is so happy right now that people obviously DO care about Ebenezer.
Every day seems to bring good news. The only thing I will say is to caution people to not go climbing in the church ruin itself and to be careful. That is 184 years of history in there, and way before most of our time, the roof of Ebenezer collapsed through to the stone pier foundations. We want to preserve that, but it is NOT safe at this point for people to do anything other than view the church ruin from the outside.
Ann Christie are you watching? Chris and I promised you we would get Ebenezer help. It is happening. All these wonderful people are coming forward. I wish you were here to see her emerge from her green prison of overgrowth, but I would like to think you are watching like an angel over Ebenezer.
Ann was a brilliant poet as well as a fervent champion of Ebenezer. I think I will finish with one of her poems:
Already the Heart
The spinal cord blossoms
like bright, bruised magnolia
into the brainstem.
And already the heart
in its depth — who could assail it?
Bathed in my voice, all branching
and dreaming. The flowering
and fading — said the poet —
come to us both at once.
Here is your best self,
and the least, two sparrows
alight in the one tree
of your body.
A.V. Christie / The Housing