Help save Tabernacle founder's home

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I would like to thank the following groups for assisting in renaming Harrison Street for the late Rev. Charles Spencer Hamilton: the residents who signed the petition; George Patty and the Planning Commission, who made the recommendation; and the Augusta commissioners who voted unanimously for approval.

I also want to express appreciation to the committee that did the legwork -- namely: Dr. Ronald Brown, Mrs. Liz Wilhite, Dr. Charles Lamback and Dr. Alfred Reed.

Tabernacle Baptist Church will have a program during its 125th anniversary in August to unveil the street's new name, C.S. Hamilton Way.

Now, I challenge Tabernacle to purchase and preserve the Rev. Charles Thomas Walker's home on Laney-Walker Boulevard. It is dilapidated, and is on Historic Augusta's list of endangered buildings. But the home can be salvaged. I am sure it would qualify for some types of grants.

The Rev. Walker founded Tabernacle in 1885, and he would go on to become a world-renowned preacher. He would be called the "Black Spurgeon," as his preaching was compared to the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon.

In 1899, the Rev. Walker accepted a call to the pastorate of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church of New York City. Many Augustans, black and white, protested his leaving. In 1901 he came back to Tabernacle, and the news of his return was heralded everywhere in Augusta.

John D. Rockefeller, a friend of the Rev. Walker, was a regular visitor to Tabernacle when he came to Augusta. President Taft also was a visitor. In 1898, President McKinley appointed the Rev. Walker chaplain of the 9th Immunes, United States Volunteers, and he served with that regiment in Cuba.

The Rev. Charles Thomas Walker was one of the world's greatest biblical scholars and orators in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Given the Rev. Walker's historical significance, his home could be a tourist attraction and would also enhance the new development under way in that area.

Tracy E. Williams Jr.

Augusta

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willie7
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willie7 06/28/10 - 10:43 pm
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I am a member of Tabernacle
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I am a member of Tabernacle and willing to make a donation for the purchase of Rev. Walker's home.To my Tabernacle family, let us all get busy and start this project soon..

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 06/29/10 - 08:44 am
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I wonder why none of the

I wonder why none of the everyday Obama Derangement Syndromers haven't made a comment to this article?

speeding
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speeding 06/29/10 - 09:57 am
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Help save the USA. Impeach

Help save the USA. Impeach obama.

dashiel
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dashiel 06/29/10 - 11:09 am
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A very worthy cause. I hope

A very worthy cause. I hope at least that the deed can be secured in time for Tabernacle's anniversary in August.

House museums need all the practical and creative ideas they can get. One that works well in other cities is to include good living quarters in the restoration and preservation plans. Such a space could prove an honor as well as a perk to some worthy individual (divinity student?), thus keeping life in the house as well as providing a measure of safety and security (which, in turn, would lower insurance coverage).

Just a thought, but one I believe Rev. Walker and Rev. Hamilton would bless from the heavenly mansions where they now reside.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 06/29/10 - 11:11 am
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There are noteworthy, things

There are noteworthy, things of historical signifigance, that need to be done that in no way is political. Besides, this article has nothing to do with Obama.

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InChristLove 06/29/10 - 12:11 pm
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OnlyinAgs, what does Obama

OnlyinAgs, what does Obama have to do with this article...NOTHING. There you go fishing again without any bait. Go find somewhere to rest your racist soul.

lsmith
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lsmith 06/29/10 - 01:23 pm
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InChristLove: Careful we
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InChristLove: Careful we wouldn't want to insult or hurt anyone's feelings (onlyI)

If this house is dilapidated it shouldn't cost much to purchase. If it has great, far reaching historical significance perhaps some enterprising young person(s) would refurbish it and recoup costs and make some change to boot. Maybe the Hyatt will build a hotel across the street to handle out of town tourists. I'm thinkin'

speeding
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speeding 06/29/10 - 01:33 pm
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I guess you're a soul reader

I guess you're a soul reader or can you read?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/01/10 - 08:02 am
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Usually what comes out of the

Usually what comes out of the mouth, comes from the soul.

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Little Lamb 07/01/10 - 08:37 am
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Well, Rev. Hamilton got a

Well, Rev. Hamilton got a street named after him, but poor old Mr. Harrison has been assigned to the dustbin of history. They should not re-name streets. If Rev. Hamilton deserved a street named after him, it should have been a new street. Re-naming the street is a dishonor to Mr. Harrison.

Another street re-naming that bugs me is "Swanee Quintet Boulevard" down off 15th. In the first place, that little street is in no way, shape or fashion a boulevard. In the second place, it used to be called Steed Street. Mr. Steed has been dishonored as well.

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