Trey Hill Photographs

St. John Baptist Church

Posted in documentary, personal, photography by Trey on July 20, 2009

The story, as I understand it, goes something like this:

The city was threatening to condemn an historic old church just south of downtown Carrollton. The ninety something year old building required tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to bring it up to code and to make matters worse, the church was strapped for cash. Believing that The Church was an idea bigger than a building, they began making phone calls to other area churches to see if anyone would lend a hand in saving one of the oldest African American congregations in the DFW area.

The Church answered the call.

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This past Saturday, the faithful of St. John (and the hundreds of volunteers who helped save it) received a tremendous piece of encouragement for all the sweat & prayers they offered in the name of helping a neighbor in need. The city of Carrollton honored them with an historical marker. It may not sound like much, but it was clear to me as I stood among those gathered for the early morning ceremony that the gesture was one of the highest moments in the congregations 117 year history. It was an incredible honor to be there to witness a quiet piece of history unfold and celebrate with The Church a triumph of unity.

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You can read the full story of the history of St. John at their newly launched website and see more images after the jump.

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  1. Megan McClane said, on July 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Awesome photos. I was the other photographer at the dedication; I work for the City of Carrollton, so my approach purely photojournalistic and much less artistic. 🙂 But you have some really awesome images, I’m really impressed by your work overall. Just wanted to let you know and thanks for coming out. They really appreciate all of the exposure possible.

  2. Trey said, on July 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to look Megan. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself on Saturday morning. Please let me know if I can ever do anything for you or the city of Carrollton.


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