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The Falls Church in Virginia is a large, wealthy, prestigious parish which dates from American colonial days; a town grew up around the church and is now a sought-after suburb of Washington, D.C. The congregation worships in a building erected by slaves in 1769, a fact usually omitted from the parish history. Now they’ve decided to rectify that, with a ceremony 11 February dedicating a new plaque honoring the slaves and offering “gratitude and repentance.” This is part of a large, long-running effort within the Episcopal Church to come to grips with its role in slavery and the slave trade. Above, the Rector of Falls Church, the Rev. John Ohmer, reads as Nikki and Edward Henderson of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, which helped lead the effort, assist in the dedication. (parish photo)

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