April 9, 1959: “ONE HUNDRED YEARS – FOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH”
December, 19, 2020: Restored on Market Street!
In 2017, the E-news carried the story of St. Paul’s historic marker. Time has a way of expanding history and reminding us that there are things in our life’s story that are good – things we want to keep for the future. When Hurricane Florence came to Wilmington in 2018, something (a very large vehicle?!) “bumped” the sign and pushed the cement filled pole in such a way that it all had to be removed for safety. The sign was stored and the pole disposed of…then we waited.
It took time and patience – and efforts by Steve Haughey working with FEMA; the strength of the men of the Gentlemen of Noble Poverty to remove the old pole; the patience of many understanding FEMA’s financial timelines; more strength and hard work by the men, and finally, FEMA funds used to purchase a new pole.
Today (December 19, 2020), the sign is back where it belongs. A huge “THANK YOU” to Steve, Tom Trivett, Gary Dillon, David Tousignant,… and the men of the Gentlemen of Noble Poverty!!