Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church

One hundred fifty years ago, a group of slaves in western Kentucky started their own church separate from their white owners, who decided the slaves were a little too rowdy in their worship. The Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., was begun in a tiny log cabin in 1855. Gary Scott reports on the church's sesquicentennial celebration.



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