Blacksburg Baptists Dedicate New Edifice
From The Roanoke Tribune 10-16-43

Last Sunday marked the proudest day in the history of the Negro residents of Blacksburg, Virginia. Throngs of people, white and colored alike, came from all the surroundings villages, towns and cities to witness the dedication of ultra-modern edifice for the First Baptists of Blacksburg, Virginia.

This outstanding achievement is the fruits of the faithful and daringly adventurous leadership of their minister, Rev. P.T. Travis. Reverend Travis has been serving this people only one year, and for him to accomplish so great a feat in church reorganization and building in so short a time, is nothing less than a miracle.

Too much praise cannot be given the small group of officers and members composing this congregation. Without unity and oneness of purpose, this achievement would have been impossible.

In addition to Reverend Travis' duties at this church, he is also pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church of White Thorn, VA.

As evidence of the high type of program arranged for the dedication of this new church home, read the following which was carried out to the letter Sunday, October 10th:

Sunday School was conducted from 9:45 to 10:45 under the supervision of Mrs. Laura Page.

At the 11:00 o'clock service, Reverend Travis preached from the text, "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." Psalm 127:1.

The afternoon services were opened with devotions conducted by Reverend F.E. Alexander, pastor, Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church of Christiansburg, Virginia, with music furnished by the choir of First Baptist Church, New River, VA.


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