By Veronica Carr
For the Lincolnian
Cleaning an old church might not be a typical way to spend a Saturday, but several Lincoln University students did that—and more—over the weekend.
As part of “Lions Give Back” on Saturday, some students helped restore the historic Hosanna Church near the Lincoln University gate on Old Baltimore Pike. Other planned projects involved students recording video journals for autistic children, writing letters to soldiers, creating gardens on campus and helping to contact alumni about Homecoming and reunions.
The Residence Hall Association sponsored and organized the event.
At the church clean-up, Lincoln and Upward Bound students cleared brush from around grave markers, removed tree stumps and recorded names on grave markers. Several of the grave markers dated back to the Civil War, with a few even dating back to the American Revolutionary War.
Inside the church, students cleaned windows, pews and tables and organized records of those who were buried on the property.
In the midst of cleaning, several students inquired about the church’s history as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Pastor Warren, pastor of the Hosanna Church, showed students the tight crawlspace where runaway slaves hid from slave owners. Many students were visibly moved as they looked into the tiny space and listened to the pastor describe the slaves’ fears of being recaptured.
“I didn’t think I would enjoy community service so much,” said sophomore Jhasmyn Curry. “Just to stand in such a historic place, let alone to clean it, is just amazing.”