From right, Pastor Rickey Taylor watches as Jovonne Gooden and Marcia Boyer unveil a plaque commemorating the chapel as listed on the National Register of Historic Places in front of Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Las Cruces on Saturday, July 9. Gooden and Boyer are the great-granddaughters of the church’s founder Clarence Fielder. Also pictured, from left, are Mary Jane Garcia, former New Mexico senator, and Elodia Garcia. The original Adobe chapel build in 1911 is one of the oldest African-American churches in New Mexico and has be fully restored with the help of volunteers. See more on A11.
BULLETIN PHOTO BY KIRSTINA SANG