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December 13, 2016
Press Release

Chapel Hill -- Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) released the following statement honoring Rev. Dr. John "J.R." Manley of First Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.


"Lisa and I were saddened to learn of the passing of the Rev. Dr. John Manley, a pastor, community leader, and friend whom we have known and admired during our entire time in Chapel Hill. During his uniquely long and fruitful pastorate at First Baptist, from 1946 to 2011, the church's membership expanded greatly, as did its impact on the wider community. 


"Dr. Manley will go down in history as the first African-American member of the Chapel Hill Board of Education and as a prophetic figure during turbulent times. I always felt warmly welcomed in his church and in his pulpit, and I particularly remember the joyous two-days-long celebration of his 60th anniversary in 2006. I also knew him as a champion of affordable housing and as the driving force behind Manley Estates, a HUD-supported rental development for older citizens, which appropriately bears his name.


"Lisa and I join thousands in this community in giving thanks for the life and ministry of John Manley and in recognizing the witness he has made and the lives he has touched."