Mallalieu UMC members take historic tour of Port Gibson


Rain could not dampen the spirits of the members from Mallalieu United Methodist Church of Brookhaven as they recently toured historic sites along U.S. 61 in Claiborne County.

History buff the Rev. Charles Brister, pastor of Mallalieu for five years, often shares his love of the subject with his church members. On this particular outing, the group went to Lorman and Port Gibson. They visited First Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Old Train Depot Restaurant, the Ruins of Windsor and the Old Country Store in Lorman. The group was scheduled to go the Grand Gulf Military Park, but flooding from the Mississippi River cancelled that segment.

 While touring some of the churches along Church Street in Port Gibson, Brister focused the group's attention to the stained glass windows of St. Joseph Catholic Church. "When the lighting of the church was turned on and with the reflection of the stained glass windows, everything in the church was of a blue tint," explained Brister.

Those who went on the trip were Sarah Lou Dunn, Judy Furr, Carla and Cheyenne Johnson, Angie Jordan (from Pleasant Grove UMC of Monticello), George Kemph, Amy Kimble, Bobbie Martin, Jean Milner, Charlie and Pam Moody, Shirley Neal, Betty Rials, Jackie Thornhill, Harold and Kelsey Weeks, Helen White, all of Brookhaven; Louise Brister of Summit, and Annell Lofton of McCall Creek.