Dozens of people filled the pews at First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield on July 8 to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary and the dedication of its new bell.
Dozens of people filled the pews at First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield on July 8 to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary and the dedication of its new bell. Abbie Bennett abennett@newsobserver.com
Dozens of people filled the pews at First Missionary Baptist Church in Smithfield on July 8 to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary and the dedication of its new bell. Abbie Bennett abennett@newsobserver.com

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