By Emily Hilliard
On Sunday October 9th, I once again visited Shiloh MB Church in Ashland. Though I had made the trip a few times the past few weeks, this time felt different, because this was the day I presented our case to mark the grave of Nathan Beauregard to the congregation. The night before, MZMF executive director Dr. DeWayne Moore had offered a few talking points. Yet, while driving to the church, I continued to go over in my mind what exactly I would say once in the church.
As I pulled into the church parking lot, I thought about all the work we had done up to this point. All the research trips, the phone calls, the previous visits to the church–all of which had culminated to this moment–the moment I was finally given the chance to speak to the congregation face to face. I could not afford to mess it up.
To say I was a little anxious was an understatement.
Walking into the church, I didn’t know what to expect. Up to this point I had only seen the outside of the building. As I made my way through the doors, I was taken aback. The church looked as if it had been preserved in a time capsule. The building, though old, had been very well maintained. I noticed the congregation was very small, which immediately made me stand out like a sore thumb.
December 6, 2022 @ 10:29 am
Looking forward to visiting this historical site. Thankful and appreciative for the time and diligent work that you have invested thus far.