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Our Vision

Repurpose and reimagine Old Mount Carmel Church as a center with spaces, programs and other activities that help address and promote community justice and racial and social equity.

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Announces this year’s 11 to Save, Most Endangered Historic Places in Florida

The annual list provides a voice for communities around the state,

and drives the organization’s education and advocacy initiatives

for the year

Use the link below to donate and help save one of Florida's

11 most endangered historic places!

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A Slice of History

Old Mt. Carmel Church has historically been a meeting place to promote justice and racial and social equity. Gainesville’s civil rights movement frequently met here, led by our own Reverend Thomas A. Wright.

A Historic Landmark

In this video, witness how the Old Mount Carmel Church became a national landmark.

Get Involved

Here are three ways you can help our campaign.



Fill out our questionnaire about how to best utilize the space of Old Mt. Carmel.



Donate directly to our cause. Any amount is deeply appreciated!



Get the word out! Share our campaign on Facebook so others can learn about us.

Pastor Gerard Duncan

Pastor Duncan is the leader of the Save Old Mount Carmel campaign and has been working tirelessly to preserve the historic building.


“I did it because the history is beneficial... The process has been a great collaboration and it has been heaven sent.”

— Pastor Gerard Duncan

In the News


May 2, 2022

Gainesville community members come together to create new vision for Old Mount Carmel Church

A diverse group of people gathered on Saturday to share in a vision for redesigning a prominent national historic landmark in Gainesville’s Black community...


JAN 26, 2021

Preserving Historic Building

As this year's celebration of Black History Month begins in Gainesville and Alachua County, the historic building that once housed Mount Carmel Baptist...


MAR 13, 2020

Editorial: Save Old Mount Carmel Church

Among the many residents who organized local civil rights activities and worked to end segregation, The Rev. Thomas A. Wright stands out as a leader.

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