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Church That Stood Up To Klan Needs Help

Last updated on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

(MUNCIE) - Members of a historic Indiana church that defied the Ku Klux Klan and cared for the bodies of two black men lynched in 1930 are fighting to save the deteriorating building.

The Shaffer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Whitely has a long place in Indiana history. Former pastor J.E. Johnson volunteered to embalm the bodies of the two men lynched in Marion, Ind., when no one else would take their bodies.

Now the building needs help. The Star Press reports it has broken stairs and cracks in its facade. The Whitely Community Council is teaming with 20 Ball State University elementary education students to create fundraisers for the chapel.

Professor Eva Zygmunt says the partnership will help students understand the importance of engaging in communities where they teach.

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