Lots of discussion happening here in the American South about race.
What happened last week is horrible. What has happened the past few days in Charleston restores my faith that all people can live together.
These photos are from a church here in Augusta that may be torn down later this year.
The small building was put up by slaves prior to the civil war. They pooled their savings to buy the freedom of a literate black man to serve as their pastor.
This a painful part of our history. A part we shouldn't forget.
The large building was put up around 1875...to me it shows how much progress the black community made in this area in less than 50 years. I hate to think we would lose this.
The inside of the building is in poor shape...
partly from no maintenance being done (one of our photographers fell through the balcony floor! She was bruised and shaken but ok...)
and partly from vandals or folks camping out here.
We were out there photographing for a local museum so the church could be documented before it disappears...