Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg's director of archaeology, holds a one-cent coin from 1817 on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021, in Williamsburg, Va. The coin helped archaeologists confirm that a recently unearthed brick-and-mortar foundation belonged to one of the oldest Black churches in the United States. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Foundation of 1856 Black church found under parking lot in Virginia (edition.cnn.com)

An 1817 coin helped archaeologists determine the location of the original building of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, first founded by free and enslaved Blacks in 1776.

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