Rocky Fork Exhibit 2014
"Let the Church Say Amen: Rocky Fork Church in Voice and Vision" a multi-media exhibit opened February 12 in the Hatheway Art Gallery on the college's Godfrey campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public and continues through March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The exhibit is presented by the Mannie Jackson Endowment and Center for the Humanities and is a Lewis and Clark Arts and Humanities Project with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation. Speaking to a packed crowd of church members, descendants and visitors inside a replica of the Rocky Fork Church, Jackson said the exhibit is a significant piece of local history and also a reminder to every person how important it is to "stand up and do what is right regardless of possible persecution." Descendant and church historian Charlotte Johnson spoke about her many years of work tracing the ancestors and history of Rocky Fork. Other speakers at the opening included Dr. Dale Chapman, president Lewis and Clark Community College, Dr. Ed Hightower, superintendent of Edwardsville School District and member of Lewis and Clark Board of Trustees, Pastor Brian Williams, Jim Price, Lewis and Clark professor of Art, History and Culture and the curator of the exhibit, and Rocky Fork Pastor Brian Williams.
Rocky Fork Church and community is located in Godfrey approximately three miles from the college and soon will celebrate its 150th anniversary.
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