by Josh Ault
The sound of gospel and blues could be heard in Nacogdoches today. All the music was to benefit the rebuilding of a historical structure.
The event was called 'Gospel Blues Picnic on the Hill' a benefit for the Historic Zion Hill Church Building. The event was supposed to be held outside, but due to the rain, it was moved in to Harlon's Bar-B-Q in Nacogdoches.
The Nacogdoches County Historical Foundation is working on a special project: to restore historic Zion Hill Baptist Church. "We need about $800,000 more dollars. We will be doing a lot more fundraising," said Susan Cox Conley, chairperson.
The day was full of music. Five bands played, plus a silent auction and raffle was held. John Hazelwood, local musician, said, "We think it's a great historical asset to the community that needs to be protected and improved on."
Zion Hill Baptist Church, located at the corner of Lanana and Boisdarc, was built in 1914. The future goal is to restore it into an African American museum.