|Hurricane-Battered Church still in need of repairs|
Hurricane Isabel ravaged the East Coast nearly a decade ago, and in Edenton, N.C., its effects are still seen at the Kadesh African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Spanning an entire block on East Gale Street, the church complex sustained such significant damage from the 2003 storm that it was deemed unsafe for parishioners to continue worshiping there.
"Now it's just kind of sitting there, an empty shell," says Sam Dixon, a local attorney and an adviser to the National Trust who has long been rallying for the restoration of the church.
Congregants moved to another venue across town, but as Dixon says, "They're ready to go home."
The Gothic Revival church has a long history in Edenton (pop. 5,000). It was built in 1897 by Hannibal Badham Sr., who himself was a member of the church. For generations, the Gothic Revival church complex was the center of religious and social life in Edenton's African-American community.
(From PreservationNation Blog, 5/13/13)