On Oct. 6, the Thomas Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Watertown was itself born again, like so many worshipping there.
After a too-long hiatus, this local church on the National Registry of Historic Places was rocking again at 5 p.m. each Sunday. The pastor, Rev. Darin C. Jaimee, delivered a stem-winding sermon on Jeremiah that first Sunday.
About 50 worshippers were treated to a rousing choir, lifting our spirits with their perfectly blended voices. All visitors were warmly welcomed in this historic church, founded by the descendents of runaway slaves.
After years of struggle, the miracle of this churchs rebirth was due in large part to the efforts of Army veteran William Buster Crabbe, a Watertown resident for a half century. Another brutal north country winter may soon be upon us, but the efforts of local citizens like Buster can at least warm the heart.
Roland Van Deusen