Congregants from Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick and the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ made their annual community service trip over the MLK holiday weekend to the Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina. This year, they were joined by congregants from the Congregational Church of Pinehurst, United Church of Christ, in North Carolina.

The Franklinton Center was formerly a slave plantation and was also the site of one of the first accredited schools for African Americans in the South. Today, the plantation is home to a conference, retreat and educational facility focusing on justice advocacy and leadership development. The Center also serves the local community through various partner projects, including food justice and literacy outreach and programming.

This year’s trip included adults and youths focused on restoring, repairing and rebuilding around the plantation. Crews were assembled to repair handicapped ramps, replace a kitchen countertop, construct new flooring in an entryway, and spackle the ceiling of the dining room. Additionally, work crews power washed the picnic tables and benches, repaired and replaced windowsills, repaired the roof on the administration building, replaced bathroom fixtures, painted bathrooms and cabinets, removed and replaced water damaged ceiling tiles, ripped up water damaged carpeting and stained church pews and the pulpit in the chapel.

In addition to learning new skills, developing new friendships and learning to respect one another, volunteers at this year’s Franklinton trip have become a part of the plantation’s rich history.

To learn more about Reform Jewish life in Frederick and Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick, visit www.kolamifrederick.org or call 240-575-9690. To receive more information about the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (ERUCC), visit erucc.org or call 301-662-2762.

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