First Presbyterian Church makeover uncovers nearly 200-year-old brick

Source: Natchez Democrat

Church building maintenance is rarely a religious experience. But, for one local congregation, the renovation of its 19th-century front porch columns took a little bit of faith.

When a member of the First Presbyterian of Natchez noticed cracks in the plaster covering the front columns, church leaders didn’t know what they would discover when they decided to repair the damage.

Made from the original pie-shaped brick, the columns have marked the entrance to the church on Pearl Street since it was dedicated in 1830
Without seeing the brick’s condition brick underneath the plaster, some feared the mortar between the bricks had softened.

“We did not know if we would have to take the actual columns down until we took the plaster off,” church elder Stratton Bull said.


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