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North Carolina Town Comes Together To Write New Testament In Chalk On Sidewalk

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File photo of words written in chalk on sidewalk. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

File photo of words written in chalk on sidewalk. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — More than 1,000 Whiteville residents are celebrating Easter by writing the New Testament in chalk on sidewalks.

About 1,300 squares of concrete were labeled with a book of the New Testament and a verse so each person could write their part. Fifty area churches joined the effort after members attended a community sunrise service Sunday.

Organizers say the point isn’t to transcribe every word of the New Testament but bring all denominations together to mark the holiday.

Photographer Mark Gilchrist proposed the project as a way to get residents outside and working together. He and a committee of friends worked on the “Walk with Jesus” idea for months.

Gilchrist planned to remove the verses Sunday evening so they didn’t fade and look dirty.

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