By Matt de Simone
Blue Ridge Supervisor Billy Martin recognized Blue Ridge Baptist Church celebrating its 150th anniversary at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting and reflected on this milestone anniversary.
A proclamation was read by Martin. Church trustee Merle King, treasurer Gracie Wilson, church clerk Melinda Payne, deaconess Judy Brown, and Pastor Marcus Huffman came to the podium and were recognized.
Martin ran through the history of the church, which started out as a one-room, log building in 1873. Blue Ridge Baptist Church has served as the only Black church in the community of Blue Ridge for 150 years. The church moved into its current building in 1977 after a capital campaign organized by the Rev. William B. Crocker and members of the Ragsdale family.
To read the proclamation from last week’s Botetourt County Board of Supervisors meeting, visit the Botetourt County website’s Agenda Center at www.botetourtva.gov/AgendaCenter.