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Providence Presbyterian Church celebrates 250th anniversary

(Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer) (Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer)
(Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer) (Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer)
(Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer) (Source: Diedra Laird | The Charlotte Observer)
CHARLOTTE, NC (Tim Funk/The Charlotte Observer) -

Members of Charlotte’s Providence Presbyterian Church capped its year-long celebration of its 250th anniversary on Sunday with bagpipes, a homecoming luncheon and a display of 250 dresses made for little girls in Africa.

The church, one of the oldest in Mecklenburg County, was founded in 1767 by Scots-Irish Presbyterian settlers (also called Ulster Irish from Northern Ireland).

The church property includes a centuries-old graveyard, a spring that was an early baptismal site, a “Preaching Rock” that was the first pulpit, and a wooden sanctuary dating to 1858 that is still used for services.

One of Charlotte’s major thoroughfares, Providence Road, got its name from the church.

Shortly after the Civil War, ex-slaves who had to worship from the church’s balcony left Providence Presbyterian to start their own churches: Jonesville AME Zion and Matthews Murkland Presbyterian Church. Members of both black churches, still going strong, were invited to the Sunday homecoming.

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