Weeping Mary Baptist Church celebrates 108 years
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond
There’s more than a century of history at Weeping Mary Baptist Church, and parishioners and the community gathered on Sunday in honor of its 108th anniversary.
The church was founded in 1913, and for University of Alabama junior Damia Scott, there’s no better place to spend a Sunday morning.
“A long-standing Black church is a cornerstone of the Black community, and I think that’s exactly what this church represents,” Scott said.
The event started off with guest speaker Rev. Thomas Davis Jr., and continued with an outdoor jazz concert featuring performances from BossMind Entertainment, the Kemistry Project and the Alabama Blues Project.
The Wilson 5 Café food truck was there and cake slices were provided by the church as dessert.
Weeping Mary Baptist Church Pastor Ricky McKinney said it’s just as important to celebrate the community as it is to celebrate the church.
“I want the community to know that the Weeping Mary Missionary Church is here for them no matter what they are going through,” said McKinney. “Whatever struggles they have in life, we want to help.”
Those who attended were encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and Whatley Health Services was there offering vaccinations. Attendees were encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Church leaders said they understand many members of the Black community are hesitant about getting the vaccine.
“It was important for them to see that the church is supporting that effort,” anniversary even co-chairman Janice Washington.