Belief Briefs: Circa 1900 church to unveil historical plaque

Massey's Chapel United Methodist Church, built in 1900, is a Durham historic landmark.
Massey's Chapel United Methodist Church, built in 1900, is a Durham historic landmark.

Massey’s Chapel United Methodist Church will unveil a plaque on Sunday recognizing the historic status of the circa 1900 building. Massey’s Chapel UMC was designated a Durham historic site several years ago, but had been missing a plaque noting its historic status, said Rev. Kathy Kirkpatrick, pastor of the church near the Streets at Southpoint Mall.

Longtime church member Annie King, now 101 years old, had appealed in the 1980s to government leaders for the designation for the church built in 1900, Kirkpatrick said. Massey’s Chapel UMC was founded in 1855 by John Massey. The church has a certificate noting its Oct. 9, 1989 designation as a historic landmark by the Durham County Properties Commission and Board of Commissioners. After some help from Preservation Durham, the church now has a plaque to display as well. Massey’s Chapel UMC will unveil the plaque in a short ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 30, after its second worship service. Massey’s Chapel is located at 7222 Fayetteville Road in Durham.

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Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan