A local church celebrates 170 years of service.
They're looking back at history while also looking forward at their future.
On Saturday, the Alexander African American Methodist Episcopal church of Evansville held a banquet at the Kissell Center as part of their 170th anniversary celebration.
The church's 32 members say they're the oldest African American Congregation in the city - functioning since 1843.
That is why they celebrate the history of the church ever five years.
The church came about during the Civil Rights Movement and it's because of their long standing presence in the community that they've made their focus education, pushing for the development of schools and making sure children are educated.
Church Officer Ron Lyles tells 14 News that Saturday night was another important milestone.
"This is a very historical occasion, because not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I was going to attend a banquet with 170 years," says Ron. "We have to continue to apply and encourage our youngsters to stay in school and finish their education."
They continue the celebration on Sunday with two church services at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m..
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