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Longtime New York minister is a puzzle — literally


Franklin Florence appears in an online jigsaw puzzle published by the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle. (Photo via score.democratandchronicle.com)

WHEC in Rochester, N.Y., reports that Franklin Florence, senior minister for the Central Church of Christ in Rochester, recently celebrated 41 years with the congregation.
“It’s been an opportunity where this church can minister to the disenfranchised as well as speaking truth to power,” Florence’s son, Clifford Florence, who also is a minister, told the TV station. “We’re humbled to be a serving community here where we can make a difference in a county and a city that needs so much.”
I did a web search to find a photo of Franklin Florence.
I found one, but I had to piece it together.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle once featured the minister as part of its Black History Month coverage. The feature includes his picture, cut into jigsaw puzzle pieces that you assemble with your mouse. (It’s fun. Give it a try.)
The minister, who first came to Rochester in 1959, told the newspaper, “Everything that has benefited the black community received its birth in the black church.”
 

  • Feedback
    This is a great article recognizing a veteran of the Lord’s body. In his quote he mentions the “Black Church” and I just want to comment that the Church has no color. It is colorblind.
    Frank Johnson
    August, 16 2011

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