Caroline Reed remembers the day the church she had been a member of for 40 years burned.
She went to Cedar Creek AME Zion Church the evening of Aug. 22, 2006, to see the smoldering remains of what had been her home church.
Fire officials believed a lightning strike ignited the fire that burned the 133-year-old church.
“I grew up there,” Reed said, recalling that night. “It was as if a family member had died. I can’t even describe the pain.”
But church members are much happier these days.