(HARRISBURG, PA) – Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church in Mt. Holly Springs, Cumberland County, will receive $275,000 in state funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development to restore the historic African American Church.
Mt. Tabor was founded in 1870 by Elias Parker and the local African American Community. It served as a church, segregated school, and community center. It is the only known AME Zion log structure in Cumberland County.
“I am excited to announce this funding for Mt. Tabor Church. The church is a piece of African American history that will be restored for generations to come. The story of Elias Parker and his journey from slave, to Civil War soldier, to becoming a carpenter and pastor represents the spirit of Cumberland County and our country,” said Senator Regan.
“For several years, a dedicated group of volunteers, the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project, the Mount Tabor Preservation Project, and the Borough of Mt. Holly Springs have led the charge to preserve this piece of African American heritage. They have worked tirelessly repairing the church, preserving its contents, and building a protective fence around the cemetery. I’m proud of their efforts in saving this historic site,” Regan added.
Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church earlier this year was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Federal Government.
“I want to thank Senator Mike Regan for his passionate support of Mt. Tabor Church and for all his efforts to secure this funding for its restoration,” said Carmen James, President of the Mount Tabor Preservation Project.
“He saw an article in the Carlisle Sentinel, and on his own volition contacted us and asked how he could help. He’s been there every step of the way in making this dream become a reality.”
CONTACT: Bruce McLanahan, (717)-787-8524