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Hopkinsville church digs up 100-year-old time capsule

Kentucky New Era

HOPKINSVILLE -- After about two hours of digging, a group of First United Methodist Church members struck gold. Or rather, they struck a box with 100-year-old documents.

One member, Mike McGee said he felt like Indiana Jones while he was digging up the wall.

This started 100 years ago when members of the First United Methodist Church placed a time capsule into the four layers of bricks behind the cornerstone of their newly built church. The cornerstone was placed at the end of February 1917, and on March 3, 1917, the congregation had moved to the new building.

A number of items were placed in the box, which were documented in a newspaper.

Then, 15 years ago, a member, Warren Cornell told McGee there's a box in the wall that needed to be dug up soon. He even showed McGee about where it was located.

The box contained documents about contemporary church activities as well as newspaper articles describing the news of the day. Former Rev. Lewis Powell's bible was also present. The one document was damaged by the drill, but it is fine otherwise.

McGee added that it was one of the most exciting times in his life.

"When you think about this," McGee began, adding that it is "one of the most fascinating things" to think about the people who planned this through.

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