$2.5M grant will fund study of religion in MS, restore black church


rssfeeds.hattiesburgamerican.com – Mississippi – 2023-01-11 14:54:22

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Representative from Mississippi’s Second Congressional District Mike Espy was among the assembled guests announcing details of a $2.5 million Lilly Endowment Grant Wednesday. Joining him (in rear from left) were Espy’s brother Tom Espy, New Horizon Church International Pastor Ronnie Crudup, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board President Spence Flatgard, MDAH Board Member T. J. Taylor, Natchez Alderwoman Valencia Hall, Galloway United Methodist Church Pastor Cary Stockett, Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson, Natchez Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith, and MDAH Director Katie Blount.

A $2.5 million grant, announced by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Wednesday, will fund a study to help officials better understand the role of religion in history and culture.

The grant was awarded from the Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indiana-based philanthropic foundation designed to support causes of community development, education and religion throughout the United States.

The grant, presented to the Foundation for Mississippi History, is “a perfect match” for the said MDAH Board President Spence Flatgard.

Flatgard, who welcomed guests and officials attending…

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