Due to supply chain challenges and unexpected staffing issues, the opening of the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church and its accompanying parsonage has been postponed until 2024.
The Citizen reports the park’s superintendent recently confirmed that although the National Park Service had aimed for a mid-September opening this year, the structures are now set to welcome visitors in the spring or summer of next year.
While rehabilitation efforts on both the church and parsonage are projected to be nearly 98% complete by October’s end, the intensive restoration process, especially for the auditorium flooring, demands extensive expertise.
Once opened, the church will be available for tours and the parsonage will operate as a visitor center with various exhibits.
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