More than 50 years ago, people stood near a church entrance in St. Augustine to keep blacks from coming inside.
The civil rights movement was underway, and some staged protests by trying to gain entry into racially divided churches. Some houses of worship, including what is now called First United Methodist Church on King Street, turned them away.
A lot has changed in 50 years.
A few weeks ago, Juana Jordan became the first African-American pastor to lead the mostly white congregation at First United Methodist Church. She is also the first female pastor.
Jordan described her selection as the senior pastor as a move of God to rewrite the narrative of the church, and she said she also believes she is taking part in bigger changes in St. Augustine.
“I think this what redemption looks like,” Jordan said
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