Mebane First Presbyterian Church celebrates 150th Anniversary

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MEBANE, N.C. – Mebane’s first African-American Presbyterian Church is celebrating its sesquicentennial, a historic milestone.

Reverend W.A. Scott, a former slave, formed the church in 1864, during the Civil War.  At the time, this was the only African-American Presbyterian Church in the area.

Church elder Donald Tate said, "I have enjoyed being a member of Mebane First Presbyterian Church because it has a lot of history"

For many years, the church and the Yadkin Academy, a church-supported school owned by the Presbyterian Board of Missions, were devoted to the education, training and development of youth in Mebane and the surrounding communities.

"There was an old academy, the Presbyterian academy that a lot of us actually went to school.  One of the first schools in the neighborhood for the black students”, said Eleanor Graves, a church elder.

Mebane First Presbyterian Church is no longer the only African-American church in town, but its member still feel like they have something special to offer.

"We are a small church, but we are big in heart”, said church elder Bradford Evans.