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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)

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)