a thousand words Beyond the Hill

Julie Busch

“What are we makin’?” asked Justice Martin.

“I don’t know, key chains,” said Jasmine Martin. In between Sunday school and service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Church Street in Bowling Green, Jasmine Martin (center), 11, teaches her sister Justice Martin (left), 9, and friend Kiki Britt (right), 9, how to crochet. What started as key chains ended up bracelets that the girls gave to a visitor at the church.

New Bethel was built in 1890 and served as one of the earliest black schools in Warren County. The children are a priority of the church and of Rev. Earl J. Jackson. As well as church services, Jackson teaches Bible study on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. He is also a resource counselor for the local Boys and Girls Club.

That Sunday, Feb. 1, Jackson preached to about 30 people in the congregation as they celebrated Black History Month. They will conclude their Black History Month activities at 11 a.m. this Sunday.

Julie Busch is a senior photojournalism major from Ventura, Calif. She can be reached at [email protected]