New Sardis Baptist Church, founded in 1874, is one of the oldest churches in Shelby County. Standing proudly next to the historical marker are Dr. L. LaSimba Gray Jr. (left), Dr. Freddy Everson, Otis Barnett, Nathaniel Hill and Jahi Eaggleston. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)
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The historic congregation in southeast Shelby County recently marked the founding of its church 140 years ago.