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AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH IN BUCKHEAD, ATLANTA TO CELEBRATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY ON APRIL 28

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One of the oldest black churches in the nation, New Hope AME Church will honor their legacy with a celebration including music, performances and special guests

A national treasure based here in Atlanta turns 150 years old this month. New Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest African American churches in the country, will celebrate its 150th anniversary during a special Sunday service on April 28 at 11:00 a.m. in their sanctuary located at 3012 Arden Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30305. The all-white attire celebration will include a number of special guests, performances and a keynote sermon from Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate of the 6th Episcopal District of the AME Church. Nestled in the heart of Buckhead, New Hope is led by Pastor David F. Richards III and First Lady Linda Richards. The origins of the church date back to 1869 when recently emancipated African Americans began gathering to worship at “camp meetings” at the New Hope Camp Ground. The congregation continued meeting there until 1872, when they were given land by a white Buckhead farmer named James H. Smith, who willed three acres of his property for a church and school for “colored persons.” The church members subsequently built a tabernacle on the property which stood until 1965. The property’s original church building was built sometime prior to 1900. The congregation continued to work as farm laborers and servants for white families in the area and lived in small neighborhoods in the vicinity. In 1927, the original church building on the property burned down. The current building’s basement was built the following year, while the new sanctuary was not completed until 1936. Across the street from the church is a 1.86-acre historic New Hope Cemetery containing dozens of graves. In 2009, New Hope AME Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the cemetery located across the road. “We are so excited to commemorate 150 years of history, fellowship and community at New Hope at our upcoming anniversary event,” says Pastor Richards. “We are a small church with a big heart and we represent the little-known legacy of African Americans in Buckhead. We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us on April 28 and experience the warm spirit that has kept this church together for almost two centuries!” For more information on New Hope AME Church, visit newhopeamechurch.org.

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GOSPEL MUSIC RISING STAR RICH TOLBERT JR. DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL DIGITAL SONG CHART WITH NEW SINGLE “NEVER BE DEFEATED” AVAILABLE NOW

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Tolbert’s Signature Vocals Heard on Billboard Gospel National Airplay Current Top Ten Hit “Miracle Worker” by JJ Hairston

(NASHVILLE, TN) – October 2, 2019 – Founder of JamesTown Music – GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston celebrates the success of its newest signee Rich Tolbert Jr.’s single, “Never Be Defeated,” debuting number one on Billboard Gospel’s Digital Song Chart. The song makes an impressive debut at number one following a string of viral social media posts and highly attended tour dates. JJ Hairston’s JamesTown Music, is distributed exclusively by Entertainment One.
Richard Tolbert Jr., affectionately known as “Rich,” is an extraordinary worship leader, songwriter and psalmist with an undying passion to reach the heart of God through music. A native of the Bronx, New York, Tolbert’s musical journey began at the early age of 10, where he began leading in music ministry within his local church. Tolbert is currently serving as an Executive Pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle of Brooklyn, NY, under the senior leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker, where he also leads praise & worship every Sunday.
“Rich is an incredible worship leader that is important the genre of gospel music. It is my honor to help present him to the world through my imprint JamesTown Music in partnership with Entertainment One,” says JJ Hairston, founder of JamesTown Music.
Entertainment One’s Omega George says, “For the past three years or more I have been studying the sound, brand, and artistry of Rich Tolbert Jr. I’m excited about his present and future. He represents who the progressive sound and pace of the Gospel music genre.”
Tolbert’s “Never Be Defeated” is available for purchase at all major digital retailers. For more information on Rich Tolbert Jr. follow him on social media using the handle @richtolbertjr. For more information on Entertainment One visit entertainmentone.com.

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