The Baptist Missionary Church of Macedonia obtains a grant of $12,450 – La Tribune


Missionary Baptist Church of Macedonia secures $12,450 grant

Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022

Jeffris Family Foundation grant will help start restoration

BURLINGTON — The Missionary Baptist Church of Macedonia has received a $12,450 Jeffris Heartland Fund matching grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation to help fund a landmark structure report to assess the work needed to restoration of the Burlington church.

The Baptist Missionary of Macedonia, established in 1849, is the first black church in Ohio and the only antebellum black church in the state. The building, currently vacant and in need of repairs, has been listed as one of Ohio’s most endangered historic sites for 2020.

The historic structure report will help guide restoration efforts, ensuring the project meets historic preservation best practices.

“The reopening of Macedonia will help tell a fuller story of Southeast Ohio’s early development and support regional heritage tourism efforts, where its rich history and contributions to the Underground Railroad can be recognized. more broadly,” said Charles Linthicum, Administrator of Macedonia. “Aug being Black Philanthropy Month, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the official launch of this restoration effort, made possible by the Jeffris Family Foundation and other donors committed to the preservation of the Black History in Ohio.”

Established in 1979, The Jeffris Family Foundation works to preserve the cultural history and heritage of small Midwestern communities by preserving historic buildings and decorative arts projects of regional and national significance.

“The foundation is pleased to be part of the restoration and partner with capable church leaders,” said Tom Jeffris, president of the Jeffris Family Foundation.

The Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church Restoration Project is part of the African American Community Fund family of funds, which was founded by and for the black community as a way to create opportunity for African Americans in the Ohio Appalachians.

The AACF, which was established at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in January 2020, has also contributed to the Macedonia Restoration Project. For more information about the Macedonian Missionary Baptist Church, visit

In June, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law the state capital budget bill, which included $100,000 for Fayette Township and the renovation of the Macedonian Mission Church. .


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