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Md. Church Thanks 2 State Lawmakers For Its Deed

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Members of a historically black church near Frederick are thanking two state senators for  helping them get the deed to their property more than 120 years after the church was established.

 

The Frederick News-Post reports Sunnyside New Life Community Church held a special service Sunday. It was led by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Muse of Prince George’s County, who is also an ordained minister.

 

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney attended the service. As a state senator from Frederick County in 2010, Mooney sponsored a bill that would have enabled Sunnyside to obtain the deed from the United Methodist Church.

 

The bill died but church members credited the lawmakers with supporting them through a legal battle that ended in a settlement in December.

 

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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