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Church Celebrates 130th Anniversary

A big celebration for a small, East Texas church today, founded back in 1876. New Mountain Church near Gladewater celebrated its 130th anniversary today. Church members gathered for a special ceremony honoring founding members. Gladewater Mayor John Paul Tallent commemorated the event with gifts from the city.

Many original members were free slaves and the church became much more than just a place to gather, but also to learn to read and write. Many current members are direct descendants of the founders.

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