HAMPTON,Va. (WAVY) - Reverend Al Sharpton is coming to Hampton Roads to celebrate the 150th anniversary of an historic Hampton church.
First Baptist Church of Hampton was created by former slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation and was one of the first churches in the city for African-Americans. The building on North King Street has grown to include a new sanctuary and classrooms.
Saturday, Sharpton will celebrate the anniversary and the founders of the church at a banquet.
"I think it's an incredibly inspiring story, particularly during these economic times that represent our ancestors were able to kind of press their way during difficult times and accomplish so much with so little," said the church's pastor, Richard Wills.
The anniversary banquet will be held the Hampton Convention Center on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Church officials
say tickets are all sold out for the event. There will be a celebration service at the church on Sunday.
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