The new church in Richmond had been officially consecrated, so Wednesday November 12, 1845 was a day for ecclesiastical business.
The church has always had a business of getting people in the pews, but back then that really was the business. One hundred and sixty-five years ago today, 93 pews sold at auction for a total of $46,340.
The West Gallery of the church, where the present organ sits was
apportioned to persons of color, to be used by them free of charge, except that, if colored persons shall desire to pay rent for the privilege of having a seat or seats, the Vestry may be authorized to contract with them on terms which may appear to them as fit.
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