Built by a group of former slaves from the Cedar Hill Plantation, Reaves Chapel has long stood as one of the oldest, most significant landmarks for African American history in the southeast.
Towards the end of the 19th century, the congregation moved the location of the church to land donated by former slave, Edward Reaves, to increase its accessibility to parishioners. Unfortunately, decreasing attendance paired with structural issues in the building left the chapel completely abandoned by 2006. However, in recent years, a local push to restore the church has breathed new life into the unique building, which will one day host weddings, celebrations and other community events.
The Paynter Law Firm is proud to have contributed to the stabilization of the structure. We know that with our donation and the hard work of community members, the legacy of the chapel will continue and serve as pillar of the town for generations to come.