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Churches weren't ready to integrate, and attitudes about race hadn't even begun to evolve.

Carter, a Navy veteran who survived the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, rallied the congregation around the motto, "Let's build something together." The church was rededicated in October.

The church itself is a small white structure, with the requisite red door, atop a hill on Alum Rock Road in New Park, not far from the Mason-Dixon Line.

It looks like a country church from a Norman Rockwell painting. And a large reason that Carter felt chills as he walked through the cemetery on a cold, overcast morning.

The church asked the AME Zion church for money to build a new church, but were denied.