A historic Vicksburg church collapses. Now, members are looking to rebuild.
“Just Lord send help, Lord send help,” said Lora Lee Johnson.
That was the reaction of the longtime Vicksburg resident after witnessing the roof and wall collapse at Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church. It’s been a pillar in the community for nearly 150 years.
“This little road used to be gravel, then it turned into blacktop. I would ride my horse down through here and come up and here and enjoy this property when it was a small white church, a beautiful little white church. I knew we hadn’t had any tornadoes or high winds lately, but I was in shock and I cried. And I’m still a little emotional about it.”
Deacon Eugene Anderson says he got the call about the collapse Wednesday afternoon…. but it didn’t prepare him for what he saw.
“When they said collapsed, I figured maybe just the roof itself had fallen down, not total destruction like this.”
Anderson says the church sustained water damage after a storm a few weeks ago. They put a tarp over the roof as they waited on help from the insurance company. But the building collapsed before anyone could come take a look.
“It was kind of heart sickening to see something like this, something we built throughout the years and just to see it all come down at one time, it’s kind of heartfelt.”
Anderson says church members will stay steadfast in their hopes to once again worship at Locust Grove.
“We’re going to stay strong and everything and we’re going to rebuild strong.”
The congregation plan