November 21, 2021

Today, the Kadesh Restoration Committee, along with Representative Ed Goodwin, shared with the Kadesh AME Zion Church congregation that the State of NC is granting $2M to the Edenton Historical Commission for the restoration of their church!

The below information and images were shared by Commissioner Samuel Bobbitt Dixon:

“Today was a great day in Edenton. The historic Kadesh Church will be restored and the congregation will be able to return to their spiritual home. Thank you Rep Ed Goodwin for securing 2 Million dollars in funding. The people of Edenton came together to help make sure this project was successful. Thank you also to the Kadesh Restoration Committee. Today proves that with hard-work, kindness and love of a community that dreams do come true!”

While this grant provides tremendous assistance to the Restoration Project, it does not cover all of the costs. We still need your assistance to restore this glorious symbol back to its place of pride in our community!

October 27, 2021

Last week we had the honor of viewing the interior of the Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church. Pictured is the section of the Church where the pipe organ was located. The second image is a view of the same organ and choir area before Hurricane Isabel created so much devastation that the interior of the structure became unsafe. Standing in this sacred space was a powerful moment, especially knowing that Evalina Badham, whose life we celebrated at our 247th Edenton Tea Party Anniversary “Women of Distinction” event, sat in this exact location over 100 years ago to play the organ and lift her community’s voices in praise. From Edenton’s “Fisherman and Farmer” newspaper, we know that Evalina was followed in her role as organist by her daughter, Sadie Badham Hawkins, and by many other inspiring women from the Kadesh congregation.

This profound space is not only what some Kadesh members have expressed to be their true home, but it also stands as the most fundamental symbol of the success of Edenton’s community of freedmen. These individuals who were born into slavery built the Church as their oasis of rest and refuge on the road to the Promised Land, and we look forward to the day when the bell can be heard throughout town once more.

Please contact the Edenton Historical Commission at 252-482-7800 or at to learn more about how you can help save the Kadesh A. M. E. Zion Church.

February 9, 2021

The long-awaited restoration of the Kadesh A.M.E. Zion Church in Edenton, NC has begun, with a leap of faith that community support will see it through. If you would like to contribute to this project, call 252-482-7800 or send contributions to: Kadesh Church Restoration, c/o Edenton Historical Commission, 505 South Broad Street, Edenton, NC 27932. If you know of any organizations or potential major donors with whom we could collaborate, please get in touch!

Images are of the exterior and interior of the Kadesh AME Zion Church from the 1990’s.

January 13, 2021

For many years, the Edenton Historical Commission has worked with the congregation of the Kadesh AME Zion Church in Edenton to restore their historic (and beautiful) church. After damage incurred during Hurricane Isabel, the church became uninhabitable. The gorgeous stained glass windows were removed and stored, and the congregation began meeting elsewhere. We are excited to announce that this project has recently gained a great deal of traction, and work has begun! Last week, Architect David Maurer and his team visited the site to begin determining the scope of work. Donations have begun coming in, and we are applying for grants to help with the estimated million dollar plus renovation.