Joyce McCollaum, a member of the First Baptist Church’s historical committee, stands with Pastor Dave Miller behind the 118-year-old cast-iron bell. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)
The First Baptist Church in downtown Roswell is preparing to ring-in Christmas this year by reviving its past.
A cast-iron bell that was first rung in 1895 by the church’s founding members has been restored and is ready to serve again.
A Bible study class at the church started the idea of bringing back the bell, said Joyce McCollaum, a member of the church’s historical committee.
“They started talking about why they hadn’t heard the bell in a long time,” McCollaum said.
After many years of sitting idle, the bell was corroded and had lost its color. With the help of a local handyman, it was scrubbed and restored in time to ring Login to read more